Meanwhile, Stavanger favourite Re-Naa grabbed a second star and Maaemo, arguably the country’s most famous restaurant, lost all three of its stars due to a relocation, Hotellmagasinet reported.
The annual awards, announced on Monday evening at a special launch event at the Olavshallen Concert Hall in Trondheim, are considered to have been an overall success for the Scandinavian country’s fine dining scene, with four of the seven newly-starred restaurants located in Norway.
All of the restaurants which had a single Michelin star in the previous edition of the guide held on to those stars in the 2020 version.
The Michelin Nordic Countries Guide 2020 encompasses Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
You can see the location of the Norwegian restaurants in the map below. 4 of the 11 are located in Oslo.
Meanwhile, a member of parliament has stoked social media reaction in Norway by calling press coverage of the Michelin awards “elitist” and saying that “food on sticks” was “not really my thing”.
Geir Pollestad of the agrarian Centre Party boiled tempers by writing a Facebook post in which he criticized Norwegian news bureau NTB for using a ‘breaking news’ alert to report new Michelin stars as they were awarded.
“This is such big news that NTB finds it necessary to send a ‘breaking’ alert… a good illustration on the centralized or elitist powers’ view of what is important and the era of snobbery,” Pollestad wrote.
“The vast majority of people in Norway associate Michelin with tyres and will never eat a single Michelin star,” he added.
That provoked a significant degree of pushback against the centrist MP, including from parliamentary colleagues.
“Geir Pollestad is ridiculing a great victory for Norwegian food. That is very sad and strange,” Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad told NTB in a written comment.
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