The world of Michelin-starred restaurants is truly quite fascinating. It puts you in a completely new culinary class. The question is “How relevant is Michelin?” What does it really take to have a Michelin star? Most decent chefs are always aiming for culinary excellence and produce a good and tasty plate of food. What happens when you add the words Michelin star into a recipe? Where does the path to Michelin perfection actually lead?
Cooking is said to be an endless pursuit for perfection that can never really be achieved. Restaurants who are deemed worthy are rated from one to three stars. However, it is still a secret how one can attain a Michelin star. Only specially trained inspectors know how to rate the cuisine, service as well as décor. They usually pay anonymous visits to restaurants and prepare meticulous reports after.
What do the stars mean?
A Michelin can only give up to three stars. The most coveted third star can only be attained by the world’s greatest restaurants. A single Michelin star signifies a “very good” while two stars is for “excellent cooking that is worth a detour. Those restaurants who have “exceptional cuisine” that is worth journeying are awarded with the ultimate accolade of three stars. The process of earning a star is painstaking and meticulous and usually takes years.
What are the criteria?
The evaluation process still remains a secret but there are known factors such as the chef’s mastery, cooking techniques and product quality. Food consistency is also considered to be able to give that ultimate dining experience. Earning a star doesn’t automatically earn you a ticket to receive a second or a third star. It will require more anonymous visits and will take more years.
The process may seem random from the perspective of a restaurant but there are steps that can be taken to increase the possibility of earning a Michelin star.
A Selection of the Finest Ingredients
Any great chef knows that the best ingredients are the key to the success of any dish. Michelin-starred chefs use only hard-to-find and unique ingredients. This is only possible by forging good relationships with cheese-makers, farmers and artisan bakers. The goal is to work with only the best and finest ingredients possible.
Creativity and Mastery of Dish
To be able to attract the attention of a Michelin, a restaurant needs continuous pursuit of excellence and cutting-edge food trends. If you are an innovative chef and your cuisine is continuously being talked about, there is no doubt that a Michelin will notice you.
Mastery of a particular cuisine allows a chef to push his/her boundaries and offer bold, new approaches to a dish. It only makes sense that a master chef focuses on a particular type of food that s/he is comfortable with and has mastered through the years.
Discipline and Meticulousness
Every restaurateur always assumes that every day someone would conduct a Michelin inspection. All chefs and staffs are meticulously trained and disciplined that every dish is perfected. They must ensure that everyone is having the ultimate dining experience as much as possible. Only then can a restaurant be a candidate for a Michelin star.
All chefs who are seeking a Michelin star must train under a chef who has already earned one. Being a protégé of a Michelin star chef can easily get on the radar of Michelin inspectors.
Further Restaurant Investments
A restaurant’s profits won’t win them a Michelin star. These profits must be used to train staff, search for high quality ingredients and improve décor. It can also be used to purchase the best cleaning supplies to achieve the ultimate standard of cleanliness. This could make all the difference when a Michelin inspector visits a restaurant.
It is unusual for a restaurant to spend millions on improving their services and facilities and not be noticed by a Michelin inspector. The chances of earning back the money spent for such investments is always high.