Michelin launches first New York food guide

23rd February 2005, Comments 0 comments

NEW YORK, Feb 23 (AFP) - Michelin announced Wednesday it will take its first bite at assessing restaurants in the United States, with the release this year of a 2006 Michelin Guide to New York City.

NEW YORK, Feb 23 (AFP) - Michelin announced Wednesday it will take its first bite at assessing restaurants in the United States, with the release this year of a 2006 Michelin Guide to New York City.

"We are delighted to launch our first Michelin Guide for North America, in response to a strong demand from our readers to whom our European guides provide an invaluable tool," Michelin Group chairman Edouard Michelin said in a statement.

"As we have done with each of our 10 editions outside France, we are making every effort to produce a selection which does full justice to the rich diversity of the New York restaurant and hotel culture and also meets our readers' expectations."

Michelin inspectors - both US and European - had been dining anonymously in New York restaurants and hotels since late 2004 as part of a "meticulous and confidential evaluation process," the company said.

"The Michelin inspectors are the eyes and ears of the customers and thus the anonymity of our inspectors is key to ensure they are treated the same as any guest would be treated," Edouard said.

From this month, inspectors would also make arranged visits with each hotel and restaurant to meet with the management to complete their reports, the company said.

The Michelin guide, first published in 1900, introduced a system of star ratings in 1926. It awards the best food with one to three stars, the highest rating meaning "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey."

Levels of comfort for restaurants are graded with one to five symbols of a fork and spoon, and for hotels with one to five pavilions.

Last month, Michelin's reputation as the "bible" of fine dining soured a little when it was revealed that an edition of the guide for 2005 included a rave review for a restaurant that was not even open.

The Michelin Benelux Red Guide 2005 - which covers restaurants and hotels in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg - had to be withdrawn for sale because a Belgian restaurant, Ostend Queen, had been recommended for excellent food at a moderate price even though it only opened after publication.

© AFP

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