What is a Michelin Star?

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michelinstarWhat is a “Michelin Star”?

The term “Michelin Star” is a hallmark of fine dining quality — which is pretty funny considering that Michelin is, in fact, a tire company. But the Michelin company launched its first guide book  in 1900 to encourage road tripping in France, and started anonymously reviewing restaurants by means of a three-star system in 1926.

Michelin awards 0-3 stars on the basis of anonymous inspections by reviewers. The reviewers are supposed to concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality and consistency of the food, not on interior décor, table setting, or service quality.

In Australia, I don’t think we have any officially rated Michelin Star eateries, well because I reckon they are biased towards French food, which is not really that popular in Australia, certainly not compared to Asian or American-style (pizza, hamburgers, fried chicken, etc.) cuisine. anyway they’re all bloody expensive. If you’re interested there’s a list of expensive Michelin-Star-Style restaurants in Australia here: