Michelin was incorporated in 1888. Tyre company founder André Michelin published the first edition of the guide to help drivers maintain their cars, find decent lodging, and eat well while touring France. By now Michelin offers hotels and restaurant through their Giude which is the leader mystery book in gastronomic and travel industry.
Company’s full name is SCA Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin. As a tyre manufacturer we apprecite their work but now we would like to show you their other main activity which is the Michelin Guide. There are two kind of it : Green and Red.
Green Michelin Guide is for each French region and 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 do 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.
Red Guide which shows the best restaurants, pubs and lower price Bib Gourmand lists, awards to restaurants for their cooking. 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 give by inspectors. Most of the time inspectors are unnamed and anonymus.
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 frequenty of the visitings. These restaurants are using premium category kithcen tools to get better result. 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 recipe or his food has smoldering flavors than he has chance to get star.
Beside glamorous foods they usually offer exclusive, higher price wines like Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
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 restaurant were awarded by 3 star, like famous Alan Ducasse chef’s restaurant in Hotel Plaza Athenee, 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!