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In December 2020, the MICHELIN Guide will reveal its first-ever selection for Serbia’s capital, Belgrade. The country’s multi-faceted cuisine – brought about by its geographical location between the East and West, and its rich heritage of trade and commerce– has created a strong and varied culinary culture, where Greek, Turkish, Hungarian and Balkan influences abound.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides said: “120 years after its very first edition, the MICHELIN Guide remains committed to the same mission: to share world’s best culinary destinations. Belgrade is a place where tradition rubs shoulders with effervescent young talent ready to shine. Its newfound vibrancy and the importance of its gastronomy to its people result in hearty, generous dining experiences, which we look forward to unveiling to our readers”.
The Serbian terroir is well known for its wine-growing tradition, which has allowed the country to develop a number of characterful grape varieties, and its plains and mountains offer a rich, fertile landscape that bears high quality produce throughout the seasons. Food and drink are therefore engrained in the everyday lives of the Serbian people and eating out is a popular pastime, with many restaurants open until the early hours.
The Belgrade selection will be curated by the anonymous, independent inspectors of the MICHELIN Guide, who will evaluate the restaurants based on standard worldwide criteria, in order to make the best recommendations for gastronomes across the globe.
Belgrade, first Serbian step for the MICHELIN Guide joins Slovenia and Malta as the most recent culinary destinations covered by the MICHELIN Guide, bringing the total number of titles to more than thirty.