Have you ever gone to or read about a restaurant and heard that it has one, two or three Michelin stars? Maybe you haven’t, but now you are certainly wondering what they mean. This ranking system is the most prestigious in the culinary world, and we are here to tell you all about it. Created by the Michelin Tyre company in 1901 to promote the buying and driving of cars, it was at first one of the most detailed maps of France, showing different places to visit and repair shops for car drivers. After expanding to other countries and discovering that the restaurant section had become the most popular, a three-star ranking system was created.
How to Get a Star?
If you open a new restaurant and gather enough attention, it will most likely be considered to appear on the guide. If that is the case, anonymous inspectors (who are not allowed to disclose their line of work, not even to their families) will visit and evaluate every aspect of it, not just the food. If you manage to excel in service, time, cooking, and everything else, you might achieve that third star not many chefs can get.
What Effect Do They Have?
Nowadays, even getting one star and appearing on the guide is quite an achievement most restaurants aspire to, not to mention getting the elusive three-star ranking. Winning or losing a star can seriously affect a restaurant’s reputation. That is one reason why the cooking environment can be one of the most exigent ones.
Are Michelin Stars Good for Business?
Well, in recent years, the stars have become more controversial. On one hand, it is good to have your food and restaurant recognized, but on the other, it is harder to meet the expectations that come with them. That’s why several chefs have asked to have stars removed in order not to deal with the pressure that comes with them.
What Other Awards Does Michelin Have?
In 2020, a green star was added to the Michelin Guide. If a restaurant has this one next to its name, it means that it has been recognized for having sustainable gastronomic practices. Another symbol awarded is The Plate, which means that the establishment “simply serves good food”, recognizing the food despite the rest of its qualities might not be optimum.