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Decoding Michelin Stars: What’s the Gourmet Gossip, Anyway?

Nov 27, 2023
what's a michelin star

What’s a Michelin Star?

When it comes to restaurants, they award Michelin stars only to the best of the best. Just like an actor receives an Oscar, this recognition is a result of the expertise and skill required to prepare tasty and memorable meals. To earn a Michelin Star, cooks and personnel in the kitchen should show a deep understanding of cooking, use only the finest ingredients, and create carefully made and aesthetically pleasing dishes. These factors make up Michelin Stars, recognized for its culinary excellence.

Michelin Inspectors

Receiving a Michelin star rating is one of the most prestigious accomplishments a restaurant can achieve. As this is an annual award, assessors re-evaluate restaurants that already possess the “Star” to ensure they still maintain the same level of quality. It may sound easy, but Michelin Inspectors are former restaurant and hospitality professionals. They’re the ones who decide which restaurants receive a Michelin Star. Once several inspectors have eaten at a restaurant, they discuss their experiences as a team. After that, they make an informed decision about whether to award the restaurant.

From Tires to Food

The Michelin Guide’s roots weren’t thought out from food. It started with a Tire Company owned by two brothers, Andre and Edouard Michelin. The Michelin Tire Company introduced tire tread patterns, low-pressure balloon tires, and steel-cord tires in 1888. The following year, they developed a guide with information on tire maintenance, maps, petrol stations, eateries, and rest stops. The Michelin Guide quickly became a hit, and over the years, it has become one of the most iconic awards in the world.

The Michelin Guide

With a helpful guide like that, it’s hard to believe those were given out for free. Not until Andre decided to sell the Michelin Guide in 1920. By then, it had already included categories for the best-rated restaurants, awarding them one to three stars depending on their quality. Currently, there are about 40,000 entries from four continents in 32 nations. And the guide is distributed in over 30 million copies across the globe. It’s a truly invaluable resource for anyone looking to eat well.

Michelin Star Rating System

Restaurants get a Michelin Star based on a five-point evaluation system: 

  1. The quality of the ingredients.
  2. The chef’s skill in combining and creating flavors.
  3. The uniqueness of the cuisine.
  4. The balance of tastes.
  5. The dependability of the food.

The Michelin Rating is simple:

  • One star: An excellent eatery in its class.
  • Two stars: Superb dishes, worth taking a detour for.
  • Three stars: Outstanding cuisine, worth taking a special trip for.

If you’re a restaurant owner meaning to achieve a Michelin Star soon, we, at Menu Wars, are rooting for you!