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Michelin Guide international director Michael Ellis (centre) poses for a group photo with Michelin-starred chefs during a launch event for the 2017 Seoul Michelin Guide, in Seoul on November 7, 2016. — AFP picMichelin Guide international director Michael Ellis (centre) poses for a group photo with Michelin-starred chefs during a launch event for the 2017 Seoul Michelin Guide, in Seoul on November 7, 2016. — AFP picSEOUL, Nov 9 — Michelin inspectors have promoted a pair of restaurants to the two-starred club in the sophomore edition of their guide for South Korea. 

In the Michelin Guide Seoul 2018, inspectors promoted Jungsik to the two-starred club, for revisiting familiar Korean foods like kimbap, bibimbap, and bossam with surprising and innovative twists. 

Along with his flagship restaurant in Seoul, chef Yim Jung-sik is credited with introducing New Yorkers to the concept of fine Korean dining at his New York outpost of the same name. 

Restaurant Kojima-Sushi, tucked away on the sixth floor of luxury boutique Boon the Shop also received its second star, for serving “some of the most exquisite Japanese food in Seoul.” 

The most elite three-starred club remains unchanged, with Ga On and La Yeon retaining their stars. 

Meanwhile, of the 18 restaurants to be given a single star this year, four are new. 

In this year’s Bib Gourmand selection — which denotes restaurants that offer a quality menu for KRW35,000 (US$31, RM133) — 17 of the 48 restaurants are newly awarded. 

The full selection can be found at https://guide.michelin.co.kr/. — AFP-Relaxnews

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