Since 2020, the gastronomic guide publisher Gault&Millau has published a 100% Luxembourg guide. Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide Luxembourg 2022 selects not only the best restaurants and brasseries, but also the 'pop' addresses, the unmissable bars Luxembourg's finest chocolate makers. Chef Ryodo Kajiwara was awarded the title of 'Chef of the Year', confirming the Ryôdô restaurant as the temple of Japanese haute cuisine in Luxembourg.
Ryôdô, Japanese haute cuisine in Luxembourg
Ryodo Kajiwara moved to Luxembourg when he was 24 years old. Born in the Tokyo region, the young chef already had six years of experience in his home country when he arrived in the Grand Duchy with a great desire to confront himself with European cuisine. He has worked in several of Luxembourg's top kitchens, including those of the Clairefontaine and Mosconi restaurants.
Gradually, the idea of launching his own restaurant took shape and Ryôdô opened its doors in March 2020, a few weeks before the first lockdown. The title "Chef of the Year 2022" not only recognises his precision and meticulousness, but also his resilience during the health crisis. For Gault&Millau, this high distinction awarded to an Asian chef is exceptional.
Young chef, baker, sommelier... the other 2022 award-winners
The guide also selected winners in other categories:
- Bar of the year: Amore (Luxembourg City).
- Pop of the year: La Baraque (Luxembourg City).
- Baker of the year: Adeline Campestre, from the restaurant La Cristallerie (Luxembourg City).
- Sommelier of the year: Giovanni Curcio, from the restaurant Fani (Roeser).
- Hostess of the year: Njomza Musli, from the restaurant Léa Linster (Frisange).
- Discovery of the year: the couple Caroline Esch et Valérian Prade, from the restaurant Eden Rose (Kayl).
- Mediterranean of the year: OiO (chef: Leonardo de Paoli) (Luxembourg City).
- Young chef of the year: Paul Cabayé, from the restaurant Les Jardins d'Anaïs (Luxembourg City).
Terroir and wines, the great novelties of the 2022 edition
The 2022 edition has two major innovations.
On the one hand, the 'terroir restaurant' prize, which was awarded to the restaurant A Guddesch. The aim here is to emphasise respect for the environment and local consumption in the restaurant world, an approach that is increasingly appreciated by the major culinary guides. For this prize, Gault&Millau worked in collaboration with Sou schmaacht Lëtzebuerg ('How Luxembourg tastes'), an initiative that presents food products from Luxembourg agriculture, viticulture and horticulture.
On the other hand, the guide takes a trip to the Moselle with a special section devoted to the best wines of the Grand Duchy. 'Stars of the Moselle' is the name of this wine booklet, which is starting this year but will be expanded, according to Marc Declerck, CEO of Gault&Millau Benelux.
Selected restaurants and artisans
A paper version of Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide Luxembourg 2022 is available in French and English. Foodies can also check the Gault&Millau App and the Luxembourg website to find out more about the 2022 selection.
Of particular interest are the 17 new addresses listed in the guide, which confirm the country as a particularly creative culinary environment. Here is a selection:
- De Feierwon (Luxembourg City).
- La Manufacture (Bertrange).
- La Rôtisserie Ardennaise (Luxembourg City).
- Le Sud (Luxembourg City).
- Madeleine (Marnach).
- Nonbe Kaiseki (Belval).
- Osé (Ellange).
- Les Copains d'Abord (Luxembourg City).
- Vida (Luxembourg City).
- Il Mercato (Strassen).
- Madame Jeannette (Luxembourg City).
- Mama Shelter Rooftop (Luxembourg City).
- Lola Valerius, (Esch-sur Alzette).