- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two San Francisco restaurants have become the city’s first to earn three stars in the Michelin Guide.

Benu (BEN’-ooh) and Saison (say-ZAHN’) earned the legendary designation from the highbrow restaurant guide in its 2015 Bay Area edition.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1nykqio) reports Tuesday that Chefs Corey Lee at Benu and Joshua Skenes (SKAINS) at Saison are both French-trained but each use Asian influences in their cooking.

The restaurants join the French Laundry in Yountville and the Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena as Northern California’s three-star outlets.

Michelin guides are considered among the premier ratings of the restaurant world. Anonymous inspectors award one, two or three stars for quality of ingredients, mastery of technique, how the chef’s personality is expressed in food, and consistency among other criteria.

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