Restaurant guidebook publisher and tire company Michelin just announced its latest batch of stars, unveiling the 2016 rankings for the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The most notable addition this year: Michelin has handed down two new three-star awards, marking the first three-star ratings to appear in the Nordic Guide.
The two restaurants to ascend to coveted three-star status this year are Maaemo in Oslo and Geranium in Copenhagen, both of which had two stars in the last guide. Despite all its prestige and acclaim, Noma, chef René Redzepi's famed Copenhagen restaurant, was again awarded just two stars; it has yet to win a third star from Michelin.
Just one restaurant achieved newfound two-star status this year: chef Magnus Nilsson's Fäviken Magasinet in Järpen, Sweden. Nilsson announced last year he would begin closing the restaurant for 20 weeks out of the year to give himself and his staff time to work on other creative projects, and apparently it's paying off.
Meanwhile, 14 restaurants snagged their first star this go around. The guide also now includes a total of 33 Bib Gourmands (up from 30 last year), which "is awarded to restaurants that offer excellent value for money."
Behold the full list of honorees in the Michelin Nordic Guide 2016, below: