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The Michelin Star.. where can i purchase one? :p

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hiyas :-)
I have talked, read and heard about Michelin Stars.... But what are they? where do they come from? How do you get rewarded with one?
I heard they come from the French President but that just didnt quite sound right :-)
Thanks
Dave
post #2 of 18
No, really. Little leprachauns leave them in the reeking grease covered work shoes of deserving cuisiners, silly boy, where did you think they came from? There's even a story about not getting them called "Cruel Shoes."
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post #3 of 18
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Please recount the story of "Cruel Shoes"
post #4 of 18
I believe it's in a collection of stories by Steve Martin, the actor/funnyman. I'm not sure if the shoes are full of pins, or tuna fish.
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post #5 of 18
GastroNaut,

Michelin stars are awarded by the Michelin Tire Company. They put out a travel guide and have for years weilded great power in rating establishments. They make and break chefs. From my understanding for the ultimate, 3 stars, you need to generate $50,000 revenue a day just to finance the establishment and keep the standards for a 3 star rating. If you get 3 and drop to 2 it's not like having 1 and getting 2, it devaluates your establishment. There is a lot of politics from my understanding. Many chefs are happy with one because the pressure I hear is unbearable to maintain 3, although some chefs thrive under this pressure.

The cost of Michelin stars I believe is 10 years off your life and a bleeding peptic ulcer. I reality you have to be very good in all aspects and somehow court the Tire Company.
post #6 of 18
To me the stars only mean anything when applied to restaurants in France. In the US it seems like every reviewer has their own system of awarding stars, 3 means average sometimes, 5, now you're doing a good job. And they (the stars) are so hard to come by there are only 32 three star restaurants in France.

[ August 19, 2001: Message edited by: thebighat ]
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post #7 of 18
The rarity of three stars restaurants in France is part of the appeal. The rarer something is the more appealing it appear.
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post #8 of 18
Have any of you seen the progamm on Gordon Ramsay in the U.K its quite interesting watching this guy who has 2 michellin stars goin for his third, shows him stressing out waiting for the guide to come out very hardcore kitchen, I watch it and think how lucky i am this guy is not my boss, one of the guys i used to work with worked with him for a while Ramsay had the poor little australian out in the middle of the english winter picking chervil for 3 hrs so that it wouldnt bruise, no gloves and no jacket poor little bugger. My old boss use to work for a michellin star (le gavoroche roux brothers)
as the head pastry chef enjoyed it throughly but the pressure for that star was hugely intense 7 am-12am 6 days a week for hardly any money more the experience than the pay.
anyway have fun pastry_chef
post #9 of 18
Read an interesting chapter in French Lessons by Peter Mayles (sp?) about the Michelin guide. He's the guy who wrote all those books about a year in Provence.
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post #10 of 18
His hobbies include walking, reading, writing, and...lunch!
K

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post #11 of 18
ehh, people getting aneuryisms because of a fat, tyre surrounded dude is handing out stars?

highly irregular.
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post #12 of 18
Poke around here for some stuff on the Michelin stars....lots of good stuff


that link seems to take one to really stupid places. I don't know why. it's www.echefs.net/links.htm. You may have to type it into the address bar. Scroll down the page till you get to the Michelin stories. Also links to a lot of three star joints.

[ August 23, 2001: Message edited by: thebighat ]
still doesn't work. Hijacked!!!

[ August 23, 2001: Message edited by: thebighat ]
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post #13 of 18
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post #14 of 18
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Thanks Big Hat for your help
post #15 of 18
Here's one more link. The book Burgundy Stars : A Year in the Life of a Great French Restaurant is currently out of print but you can get it used through Amazon.com
K

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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
«Coffee, Chocolate, Men ... Some things are just better rich.»
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post #16 of 18
I wrote an article early last year attempting to demystify the Michelin star system. You can read it at http://www.hertzmann.com/articles/2000/stars/.
post #17 of 18
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Thanks to Bouland i found the Michelin "red guide" online!!! http://www.michelin-travel.com/eng/gr2000/indexgr.html
Thank you again for you help Bouland. I fully understand about Michelin Stars :-)


Ta
post #18 of 18
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BIG HAT...
does the USA have a cuisine to rate ? :p
Auguste Escoffier left 3 pages blank in the back of his 400 page cook book for american cuisne
lol
just kidding :-)

Dave
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