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Three Dutch Restaurants Gain Two Michelin Stars

Michelin Netherlands Guide
Michelin Guide to the Netherlands for 2013. The guide, published in 2012, increases the number of stars for the country. Source: Michelin via Bloomberg.

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Michelin today awarded two stars to three more restaurants in the Netherlands, including two in Amsterdam, taking the total 18, a record for the country. Another four establishments gained a single star.

“This record confirms the vitality and quality of gourmet cooking in the Netherlands, led by very good chefs, most of whom are young and fully capable of reshaping the country’s fine dining scene,” Michelin said in an e-mailed release.

The winners are Aan de Poel, situated next to a lake in Amstelveen, Amsterdam; &Samhoud Places, also in Amsterdam; and De Treeswijkhoeve, a contemporary venue in Waalre. Bord’Eau, in Amsterdam, was among those awarded a single star.

The Netherlands has two restaurants with three stars, 18 with two and 81 with one. Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.

Michelin & Cie, the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires. The company is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

Muse highlights include Mark Beech on music, Warwick Thompson on London theater and John Mariani on wine.

To contact the writer on the story: Richard Vines in London at or

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at

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