The Michelin Guide is an annual restaurant guide published by the French tire manufacturer Michelin. It awards stars to restaurants based on the quality of their food, service, and atmosphere.
The highest rating a restaurant can receive is three stars. But what about five star restaurants? How many of them are there in the world?
The answer is that there are currently no five star Michelin restaurants in the world. While some restaurants have received three or four stars from Michelin, none have received all five.
This has been true since the inception of the guide in 1926. According to their website, only “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” can be awarded with three stars.
Michelin has been extremely selective when giving out stars and only a small number of restaurants have earned three stars since the guide was first released. As of 2020, there were only 131 three-starred establishments in the world, located mostly in Europe and North America. Notable examples include El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London.
In addition to its main star rating system, Michelin also awards “Bib Gourmand” status to restaurants that offer good value for money and dishes made with high-quality ingredients. Restaurants must meet certain criteria such as offering a set menu for less than €37 (about $45) or a tasting menu for less than €45 (about $55). As of 2020, there were more than 1,500 Bib Gourmand restaurants around the world.
The Michelin Guide is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious restaurant guides in the world and its ratings are highly sought after by chefs and restaurateurs alike. Although no establishment has yet achieved five stars from the guide, it remains an aspiration for many top chefs around the world who strive to reach this pinnacle of fine dining excellence each year.
There are currently no five star Michelin restaurants in the world due to Michelin’s strict selection criteria when awarding stars. While 131 establishments have achieved three-star status since its inception in 1926, more than 1,500 have been awarded Bib Gourmand status for offering good value for money dishes made with high-quality ingredients.