Michelin Stars

By: Kelsey Vala

Highly coveted Michelin Stars for 2011 were recently awarded to a group of amazing New York City restaurants, including the highest three-star rating for Daniel, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se, and Jean-Georges. Originally started in France in 1900, the Michelin Guide sets the worldwide restaurant standards. The 2011 Michelin Guides covers U.S. restaurants in New York, San Francisco and, for the first time, Chicago.

The Michelin Guide uses anonymous, professional experts to rate restaurants from no stars to three stars. Of the 715 restaurants rated in New York City, there are only 42 one-star restaurants, 10 two-star restaurants, and 5 three-star restaurants. Worldwide there are only 89 three-star Michelin restaurants! The rarity of acquiring even just one Michelin star is an honor, but also an important asset to a restaurant – Le Bernardin reported a 20 to 25% increase in business after it scored a three-star Michelin. Local reviews and ratings might bring in the local eaters, but the Michelin ratings attract crowds from all around the world.

Check out these recipes on FoodNetwork.com from some of our favorite Michelin-star chefs.

Daniel Boulud, Daniel
Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin
Mario Batali, Del Posto
Thomas Keller, Per Se
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges
Gordon Ramsay, Gordon Ramsay at The London
April Bloomfield, Spotted Pig and Breslin
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