Soseki, Swine & Sons, and The Ravenous Pig were among the Central Florida restaurants recognized in last week’s announcement of the inaugural Michelin Guide for Miami, Orlando and Tampa.
Soseki received the coveted Michelin Star for its modern take on the formal Japanese dining style of omakase. The experience takes place in a 10-seat dining area, offering between 15 and 18 courses with chef interactions and an education on the sourcing and preparation of ingredients.
“This tiny operation with Chef Mike Collantes at the helm is an ideal illustration of a contemporary meal expressed by way of an omakase,” states the Michelin Guide listing. “A laser-like focus on local Florida produce results in a menu that changes monthly. As a result, guests are likely to experience a new culinary theme each time they visit.”
“For Soseki to get a Star barely after our first year is extraordinary for every person on our team,” Collantes told the32789. “For me, it was a longtime dream as a young chef coming up in the ranks. To get text messages from previous mentor chefs who have won, congratulating our team, and being able to thank them for all the time they put into my career is the most rewarding part of this whole thing.”
Other Orlando-area restaurants receiving a 2022 Michelin Star are Capa, Kadence, and Knife & Spoon.
Winter Park-based Swine & Sons and The Ravenous Pig each received Michelin’s Bib Gourmand award, recognizing good quality and good value.
“We had no idea we were even being considered but we are obviously very excited and proud of our team and the work everyone has put in over the seven years we’ve been open in Winter Park,” Swine & Sons co-owner Alexia Gawlak told the32789.
Ravenous Pig owners James and Julie Petrakis could not be reached for comment.
In addition to their Michelin honors, Soseki and Swine & Sons have announced an expansion and a new address, respectively.
Collantes and Soseki Beverage Director Benjamin Coutts are designing a sake lounge that will connect to the restaurant and feature classes, club memberships, and exclusive menu items.
Gawlak is preparing to move Swine & Sons from its current location in The Local Butcher & Market to the Winter Park Social House, opening this summer at 1282 N. Orange Ave.
“We will be making some significant menu additions, including the reintroduction of a breakfast menu,” Gawlak said of the new location. “We have always made most everything from scratch and of course that will stay the same, but we are looking forward to elevating some of our offerings a little and returning to our roots.”
The complete list of 2022 Florida Michelin Star winners can be seen here, 2022 Florida Bib Gourmands are listed here.