The MICHELIN Guide Rating System

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You may have heard of Michelin's star restaurant rating system, but how much do you really know about what the guide stands for and all the different things the Michelin Guide rates?

Stars & Other Symbols

The Michelin Guide conveys its restaurant reviews through short two to three-line summaries and an extensive system of symbols, the most revered of which are its globally renowned stars. Restaurants may receive zero to 3 stars for the quality of their food based on Michelin Inspectors' 5 criteria : quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in their cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits.


Michelin Inspectors do not look at interior decor, table setting, or service quality in awarding stars - these are instead indicated by the number of 'covers' it receives, represented by the fork and spoon symbol.


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