Michelin Guide

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1929 Guide Michelin
An 1898 poster of Bibendum, the Michelin Man: "Now is the time to drink!"

The Michelin Guide (French: Guide Michelin) is a series of annual guide books published by the French company Michelin for over a century. It lists good restaurants and hotels.

The term normally refers to the Michelin Red Guide, the oldest and best-known European hotel and restaurant reference guide. A team of experts gives Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments. The gain or loss of a star can have a big effect on the success of a restaurant.[1][2]

The guides cover western Europe in detail, major cities in the USA, Japan and Hong Kong Macau. Michelin was and is a tyre company, and the guides were originally meant to be packed in the car as you went touring through France. That is why they cover hotels as well as restaurants.

References[change | change source]

  1. Fairburn, Carolyn. "Fading stars – Michelin Red Guide" The Times, 29 February 1992.
  2. Beale, Victoria & James Boxell "Falling stars", The Financial Times, 16 July 2011.