For which accolade are Michelin stars awarded?
A Michelin star is the ultimate hallmark of culinary excellence. Culinary critics rank restaurants and eateries with 1, 2 or 3 stars. This is the Michelin star rating that is awarded to chefs around the world for culinary excellence and is a much-coveted accolade.
Andre and Edouard Michelin founded their tyre company in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1889, fuelled by a great vision for France’s automobile industry when there were fewer than 3,000 cars in the Country. The brothers developed the Michelin Guide, a book of tips, maps, and places of interest for travelers to commute to in their horseless carriages. It included information like rest stops, places to service their cars and refuel, and how to properly change a car tyre, also, a list of hotels, taverns, and eateries. People were paying particular attention to its restaurant section and the brothers decided to hire a team of anonymous restaurant reviewers.
A Michelin star is a badge of honor, regardless of how many a restaurant receives. The system is defined as follows:
*: The restaurant is considered to have very good cuisine.
**: The restaurant has excellent cuisine delivered in a unique way.
*** (the highest honor): The restaurant has exceptional cuisine.
When inspectors visit restaurants, they write comprehensive reports about the dining experience, presentation, plating, the mastery of culinary techniques and quality of service. The quality of food served on the plate is most important.