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The first MICHELIN Guide for Lithuania

The first MICHELIN Guide for Lithuania

MICHELIN Guide Litauen

On 13 June 2024, Vilnius marks an exciting turning point: the first MICHELIN Guide for Lithuania.

This event, a milestone for the country, rounds off the culinary map of the Baltic states. On this day, the varied and rich Lithuanian cuisine is put in the spotlight – a celebration made even more special through the prestigious lens of the MICHELIN Guide.

Culinary discoveries across Lithuania

The MICHELIN Guide inspectors have embarked on a comprehensive journey of discovery through Lithuania. Their route took them from the maritime freshness of Klaipeda to the historic alleyways of Kaunas.

Lithuania’s gastronomic heritage in the spotlight

Gwendal Poullennec, the global conductor of the MICHELIN Guides, emphasised the importance of this edition: “With Lithuania, we are completing our mosaic in the Baltic countries. This guide pays tribute to Lithuanian gastronomy and celebrates its protagonists who reinterpret traditional recipes with contemporary creativity.”

The cultural endeavour is also supported by official bodies. Minister of Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė emphasised that the guide not only highlights Lithuania’s culinary, but also its cultural and natural treasures, in keeping with Vilnius’ 700th anniversary and Kaunas’ recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Insights from a gastronomic master

Gian Luca Demarco, a first-class Italian chef and long-time Lithuanian resident, shares his observations on the evolution of Lithuanian gastronomy: “It is remarkable how rapidly the local cuisine scene has developed. The local restaurateurs have redefined the art of the possible and offer world-class cuisine.”

A festive debut of the culinary stars

The excitement builds until the MICHELIN Guide Lithuania gala at the Pirklių Club in Vilnius, where the crème de la crème of Lithuanian restaurants are officially honoured. This event will not only be a feast for the senses, but also the beginning of a new era that will consolidate Lithuania as a centre of culinary art.

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