Classification – The Michelin Restaurant Guide
Almost all the restaurants dream of their name to be published in the Michelin Guide which is the oldest and best-known European restaurant reference guidebook. The book was introduced in 1926 by the French company, Michelin, providing the highly recommended restaurants throughout the world. Currently, the Michelin Guide is published in 14 editions covering 23 countries and is sold in nearly 90 countries. The three different types of restaurant guides published in the book are Michelin stars, Bib Gourmand, and fork and spoon.
Michelin star rating represents a hallmark of fine dining quality. The restaurants are judged solely based on the food served on the plate. Michelin stars are divided into three categories: one star, two stars, and three stars. One Michelin star indicates an excellent restaurant, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard; therefore, it is recommended to stop by a one star restaurant on a traveller’s journey. Two Michelin stars denote exceptional cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality; thus, it is advisable for the travellers to make a detour in the itinerary to dine in a two stars restaurant. Three Michelin stars reward only the best of the best restaurants where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. The distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients. With only 106 restaurants awarded the three stars, it is definitely worth a special journey to visit one of them. Michelin star awarded restaurants are known to be more expensive than the ordinary ones, with prices up to US$800, for the tasting menu and wine pairing. With only 2060 restaurants across the world being awarded, the Michelin star rating sets the benchmark to differentiate the quality of the cuisine among all the food establishments.
The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. It highlights the...