Behind the Stars A Concise Typology of Michelin Restaurants in Europe


The Michelin star system in Europe is the best-known and most respected ranking system for high-quality or haute cuisine restaurants. This study examines Michelin’s grading procedures and how chefs and res- taurateurs perceive the ranking system and the Michelin awards. The study surveyed chefs in thirty- six restaurants ranked as having two or three Michelin stars over the period of ten years in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. The chefs iden- tified the following key factors that attributed to the success of their restaurants: investment and invest- ment types, sources of financing, pursuit of excel- lence, and culinary craftsmanship involved. While the Michelin star chefs were tremendously successful as culinary artisans, this study revealed that the financial success of the Michelin star-rated restaurants was far more heterogeneous.

A Noto Walk

A walk is one thing, and in Noto, quite beautiful.

An informed walk. Well, that is quite something else.

Roberto Mirabile seasoned our walk with history, architecture, cuisine and local color as we strolled around beautiful Noto, Sicily.

Should Sicily be in your plans, time with Roberto is interesting and enjoyable.

Wikipedia on Noto, Sicily.

Oh, Mt. Etna on approach to Catania airport: