Everybody knows or has heard about Michelin guide books, published by the French tyre company Michelin for more than a century. The oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.
It all started in 1900, in order to increase the demand for cars and, accordingly, car tyres. Car tyre manufacturers and brothers Édouard and André Michelin published a guide for French motorists in 1900, the Michelin Guide. Michelin subsequently introduced guides for Europe, Algeria, Tunisia, Northern Africa, Southern Italy and Corsica with maps and expanded information to a recommended Hotels and Restaurants in each country. During the WWI and WWII it has been suspended and only published a special edition for military use (requested by Allied Forces).
Only in 1926 the so famous Michelin stars were introduced as an award for dining places, following the hierarch from 0 up to 3 stars.
* A very good restaurant in its category (Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie);
** Excellent cooking, worth a detour“(Table excellente, mérite un détour);
*** Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage);
The guide sends anonymous reviewers to the establishment and the star and review are based on their experiences. The reviewers are called inspectors, the company has gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of its inspectors. Company´s top executives never have met any inspector, they aren´t allowed to speak to journalist and even to release to their families their work. No one in the restaurant knows who is the inspector or if there is any Michelin 007 among the diners at all.
This year Michelin awarded, with two new third – star two restaurants in Spain, which shows the important place the country has in the world’s gastronomic landscape.
One of those three star restaurants is in Barcelona and with this add we have 17* plus 4 ** and 2 ***, 31 Michelin in total , not bed for a city of Barcelona, I would say.
The two restaurants with a maximum of three stars are ABaC by Chef Jordy Cruz and Lasarte by Martín Berasategui, the two WORTH A SPECIAL JOURNEY.