Tyre company founder André Michelin published the first edition of his guide to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring France. By now Michelin offers hotels and restaurants through their Guide which is the leader book in gastronomic and travel industry.
As a tyre manufacturer we appreciate their work but now we would like to show you their other main activity which is the Michelin Guide. There are two kind of this guide: Green and Red.
Green Michelin Guide is for each French region, but contains data for many countries, regions, and cities outside France. Most Green Guides are available in several languages. They include background information and an alphabetical section describing points of interest. Practical and comprehensive, the Green Guide offers guidance on what to see and background information on history and cultural heritage. Maps and itineraries make planning easy, whether visiting the highlights or venturing off the beaten track. Sights are rated using Michelin’s reliable starred system: 3 stars means worth a journey, 2 stars sites are worth a detour and 1 star sites are interesting. Just an example for a hotel in Nice, France: Negresco.
Michelin Star: this is one of the most important prize in the gastronomical industry. Let’s see why?
Because of their reputation the Michelin Guides are subject to increasing amounts of scrutiny and criticism. To get even a single star from Michelin is very difficult. Stars were given by inspectors. Most of the time inspectors are unnamed and anonymous. Every restaurant is inspected by five categories such as quality of foods, perfection of the cooking and flavoring, style of the kitchen, price-value ratio and the frequency of the visiting. After a restaurant getting star(s) it has to keep it because different inspectors can go back anytime.
If a chef is innovative and make some new recipes or his foods have smoldering flavors than he has chance to get a star.
Here is a one Michelin star option in Barcelona: El Bistro offers fine dining from an à la carte menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Catalan influence.
At this time only 54 restaurants were awarded by 3 star, like famous Alan Ducasse chef’s restaurant in Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris which is a popular choice for the most discriminating travelers.
Most famous chefs are in this category: Paul Bocuse, Joel Rubuchon, and Gordon Ramsey.
Bon voyage and appetit!
About the Author
Janos Vulman is one of the authors of the new generation pairing site: http://www.thefoodforwine.com Site contains useful tips for food and wine travelers as well.