It’s that time of the year yet again. With the release of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2017, you know the Singaporean Michelin Guide 2017 won’t be too far off.
The Evolution of Food, or at least, our perception of it
There are very few things human beings truly need to survive. Food, as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests, is one of them. Yet, just as humanity has evolved through the ages, so has our perception of food.
Appreciated as an art form, food isn’t just about simple nourishment anymore
Food is a beautiful thing. With it’s potential to bring people together, bring back childhood memories(remember the food critic from “Ratatouille”?), bring comfort, joy and so much more, it’s no wonder people flock to eateries and restaurants alike.
With 15 million restaurants (a rough estimate) worldwide, a definitive list of the world’s best places to eat would be nearly impossible.
Enter: The Michelin Guide.
The Michelin Guide
With the world’s most revered chefs clamoring for a place in the list, the Michelin Guide is the foremost authority on the best food in the world. It aims to serve as a guide to the best restaurants and hotels around the globe. Naturally, a place in the guide is incredibly difficult to attain and a Chef’s dream.
It began as a free travellers’ guide with instructions on changing tyres, information on where to fill up on petrol, and a list of places to take shelter for the night.
Andre Michelin, the founder decided to focus on the sections pertaining to food and lodging as they were more popular. He hired a team of restaurant inspectors, or ‘mystery diners’ to dine and review the restaurants with a disguise.
Andre Michelin didn’t just hire ordinary diners to act as judge and jury for these restaurants for whom, the addition or removal of a Michelin Star could mean the beginning or the end of the restaurant. Michelin hires industry professionals whose verdicts are based on their professional opinions as diners in these restaurants.
Additionally, no single entity has the power to decide whether to award a star to a restaurant or not. All opinions are considered and put to a collective decision to ensure fairness,
However, despite their attempts at anonymity, a Michelin Inspector does get recognized on occasion, affecting the authenticity of their dining experience at the restaurant.
Check out this video of what happened when Gordon Ramsey recognised a Michelin Inspector in one of his restaurants!
Awarding the Stars
Based on the following criterion:
* : “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).”
Stars have to be earned progressively
It is interesting to note, however, that it is possible for restaurants to lose stars in case of deterioration.
Other Accreditations the Michelin Guide offers.
Sure, everyone knows about the Michelin Stars, but did you know there are other accreditations that Michelin offers as well? Some of them reside closer than you might think!
One of the little known accreditations the Michelin Guide awards establishments is the Bib Gourmand, a mark signifying excellent food offered at reasonable prices.
Did you know there are several restaurants and stalls in Singapore that have attained the Bib Gourmand? In case you didn’t, here’s a few!
Chey Sua Carrot Cake, Blk 127, Toa Payoh Food Centre, #02-30, Singapore 311125
50 Dunlop St, Singapore 209379
90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Makan Place
The Michelin Guide also notes establishments that excel in their offering of notable wines, cocktails and desserts, as well as the level of comfort one can expect when visiting these establishments.
More than just food.
Not only does the Michelin Guide tell you about the best food in the world, it also recommends some of the best hotels to stay when you’re out travelling the world looking for these food gems.
Singapore in the global culinary arena
Clean, green, and amazing food. These are just some of the things that are synonymous with Singapore. The Michelin Guide only features 200 local establishments. Strange for a country that’s been labeled to have the best food in all of South East Asia.
But given the recent attention to the local hawker scene from the Michelin Guide, we could see an increase in the numbers.
The announcements are just around the corner! Stay tuned people!
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