A Michelin Star is one of the highest honors a restaurant can achieve. According to FineDiningLovers.com, “Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants judged to be of a particularly high standard. Eateries that make the grade can be awarded one, two, or three stars, and the accolade is much-coveted by chefs around the world. The star system was first introduced in 1926, with a single star denoting ‘a very good restaurant’.”
It’s no secret then that this is a standard most restaurants aspire to. However, most restaurants are never awarded a star. It takes something truly special to earn the coveted Michelin Star.
Also it’s worth noting that not just any restaurant can even be judged by the Michelin team. For a long time only restaurants in New York, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and California were eligible. However as of 2022 Miami, Orlando, and Tampa were added. This opened the door for some of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants to be judged and potentially earn a star.
None of Walt Disney World’s restaurants made the cut last year, predominantly because many of their finest eating establishments had yet to reopen from the pandemic closures. This year however, two restaurants have made the list! Interestingly enough, one of them is located within a Moderate Resort!
Victoria and Albert’s has finally earned itself a spot on Michlein’s list. For years I’ve been saying that the only reason they weren’t Michelin rated is because Orlando didn’t qualify. The Grand Floridian’s signature restaurant has been a five-diamond AAA restaurant for years. Infact, it has the distinction of being Florida’s only Forbes 5-star rated and five Diamond AAA rated restaurant. Now it’s expected to add a coveted Michelin Star to that impressive list.
Toledo will also join the list. Coronado Springs rooftop restaurant serves up tapas, seafood and steak in a modern atmosphere inspired by surrealist art and the 1930s avant-garde. It’s interesting, but not surprising, that this restaurant makes the cut. Coronado Springs is the only Moderate Resort to have a fine dining resturant. That distinction usually belongs to Disney’s Deluxe Resort’s or Disney Springs.
The official induction into this year’s list hasn’t happened yet so neither restaurant know if they will be earning a star rating or just inclusion on the list. Whether each restaurant will be awarded stars, designated a Bib Gourmand, or simply named to the list of recommended restaurants will be revealed at an invitation-only ceremony in Miami on May 11. It is beloved though that Victoria and Albert’s will earn at least one star and Toledo will just be included on the list as a “highly recommended” choice (which is still a huge honor for a restaurant).