For people who are just learning about the culinary world, I thought I should tell you about the Michelin Stars that are so important to chefs and restaurant owners. Michelin Stars are like the Olympic bronze, silver, and gold medals of the culinary world. Most restaurants that get reviewed by Michelin’s team of anonymous reviewers, never get even 1 star. The restaurants being reviewed, are given 0 to 3 stars. You can think of the Michelin Stars like this:
1 Michelin Star means that it is a very good place to go for a high quality meal, and if it is near you, you should definitely go there.
2 Michelin Stars means that the restaurant is excellent, and so outstanding that you may want to drive a little further to try it out.
3 Michelin Stars means that a restaurant is more than excellent – it is extremely special and unique; the guests are treated like royalty; and there isn’t another restaurant like it. The 3 Michelin Star restaurant is one that is worth planning a special trip for, and making it a memorable occasion.
It is very difficult for a restaurant to earn 1 or 2 Michelin Stars, and even harder to get 3 Michelin Stars.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the same Michelin Company famous for selling tires, is the same Michelin that does the Michelin Star reviews, and publishes the Michelin Guide books every year that let people know which restaurants have earned stars. It seems a little strange when you first hear that - but when you think about it, it makes sense. Tires and travel go together, and we all need to eat while we are traveling, right?