With a history that spans over a century, the MICHELIN Guide is now globally renowned for its revered star-system. Anonymous inspectors of different nationalities assess restaurants around the world each year based on five criteria: quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.
“A restaurant in the selection without a star or Bib Gourmand is the sign of a chef using quality ingredients that are well cooked; simply a good meal,” says Michael Ellis, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
Similarly, in Singapore, hawker stalls might be listed in the guide but without a Bib Gourmand — an award created by Michelin in 1997 to be given out to establishments that serve good food at moderate prices. “A hawker stall in the selection but without a Bib indicates good food at a good price; the inspectors consider a hawker stall with a Bib to feature particularly good value for money,” shares Ellis.
SEE ALSO: Check out our stories on Bib Gourmand awarded hawkers here.