Thursday, 13 October 2011
Did you ever hear of the term Michelin star? If so, do you know exactly what it is? Well, the Michelin star serves as an international symbol of culinary excellence. Restaurants and chefs are able to earn these honorable stars. To figure out which restaurants are Michelin star rated, just pick up a Michelin Red Guide and begin your journey towards delicious food.
According to the Michelin website, there is a methodology behind the entire rating system. As stated on the site, "It is a professional rating of quality restaurants based on a unique, time-tested methodology that ensures that a Michelin star stands for the highest quality." The Michelin Guide collection has 27 Red Guides that cover 23 countries and over 45,000 establishments.
Michelin stars judge only what is on the plate. Here's the breakdown:
Two stars: Signifies excellent cuisine and skillfully created dishes. Wines of first-class quality. Worth a detour.
Three stars: Exceptional cuisine where diners will eat extremely well. Only the best ingredients are used and there is a very generous wine list. Worth a special Journey.
Chefs also earn Michelin stars based on their own restaurants. To earn a Michelin star as a chef is a great honor. Having a star as a chef can open many doors and opportunities they might have never seen if not earning a Michelin star. Just as you gain them, you can also lose them. It has been said that some chefs even commit suicide after losing a Michelin star. A popular chef to earn many Michelin stars is Gordan Ramsay (host of Kitchen Nightmares).
I think it would be fun to pick up a Red Guide book and try out a bunch of Michelin star restaurants. The Red Guide is available for different cities like San Francisco and Chicago. Check out here for a list of NYC Michelin star restaurants for 2012!
Have you ever eaten at a Michelin star restaurant? If so, was it good?