You may have heard of the elusive “Michelin Star” that rates restaurants from its food quality and overall experience. As a matter of fact, Michelin Star serves as the benchmark of quality fine dining with restaurants worldwide. According to renowned celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, losing a star was comparable to losing a girlfriend.

Interestingly enough, this famed restaurant star rating originated from a tire company. The same “Michelin” that is selling tires is also handing out the star ratings among restaurants.

Anonymous Reviewers from Michelin

It may be ridiculous to say but, Michelin is somewhat comparable to bras for older women, there’s a long history that back them up. In Michelin, the tire company had launched its very first guidebook in encouraging road tripping in France back in 1990. In 1926, the first tour guides were actually published by the company which awarded 1 star for fine dining restaurants.

In present time, Michelin heavily depends on its full-time staffs who are anonymously reviewing restaurants.

Generally, the reviewers are so passionate towards the food served, have a keen eye for small details and exceptional taste memory in recalling and comparing different types of foods. A reviewer said that they should work like a chameleon who is able to blend in with their surroundings to look as if they’re just ordinary guests and not be given with a special treatment.

Whenever a reviewer reviews a restaurant, they are writing thorough memorandum toward their overall experience. Then after, other reviewers come together in order to discuss and to decide which restaurants would be awarded with the star.

What do the Stars mean?

As you may or may not know, Michelin stars have a rating of 0 to 3, which then again, based on its anonymous reviews. The reviewers focus on the following elements:

  • Quality
  • Mastery of technique
  • Chef personality and;
  • Value of food as well as consistency

They’re not actually after the table setting, interior decoration or the service quality when awarding stars, though it may be a plus. Again, Michelin and its team of anonymous reviewers are focused mainly on the dish that is being served.