Comstock's magazine 0419 - April 2019 - Page 30

n TASTE STAR SEARCH Can a California guide boost Sacramento’s chances of nabbing a Michelin star? BY Daniel Barnes PHOTOS: Debbie Cunningham A Brad Cecchi, the chef at Canon in Sacramento, previously worked at a Michelin-starred restaurant. 30 | April 2019 fter several weeks of rumors, two years of lobbying from Visit Sacra- mento and over a decade of fruitless attempts by local chefs to capture the at- tention of the most influential food guide in the world, Michelin finally rolled into town in March. In a press event at the Golden 1 Cen- ter in Sacramento, attended by lumi- naries including Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller as well as the Michelin Man, the announcement came that Sac- ramento restaurants would be included in an upcoming California version of the guide to fine cuisine. The Paris-based tire company has published a San Fran- cisco Bay Area & Wine Country edition since 2007, but despite the city’s emerg- ing food scene, no Sacramento-area restaurant ever made the guide. The Michelin Guide awards one, two or three stars to fine-dining estab- lishments that offer impeccable quality and flavor, technique, personality, value and consistency. Famous for their ano- nymity, Michelin reviewers have already snuck through town to evaluate some of Sacramento’s fine-dining establish- ments. Any restaurant awarded a Mi- chelin star becomes a worldwide food tourist destination overnight, but just being in the conversation brings a new level of credibility to the Sacramento dining scene. “One of the things we’ve learned in working with the folks at Michelin is that they have hard numbers about tourism that’s increased because of restaurants having stars,” says Mike Testa, presi- dent and CEO of Visit Sacramento. “Just