Independance day : American food, did you know?

The US Independence Day will be held this Wednesday, July 4th. For this occasion we have decided to dedicate this week to the United States and the American food!

Did you know about American food : Michelin Guide in the US

The Michelin guide only crossed the Atlantic in 2005, and it was in November of this year that the first American restaurants and especially in New York got their first stars.

In 2018, the United States has 165 Michelin-starred restaurants, 14 of which have 3 stars. Among these 3-star restaurants, 5 are in New York and 7 in San Francisco, the country’s new gastronomic capital. The 2 most others 3-star restaurants are located in Chicago.

To compare, there are about 2500 restaurants awarded of 1 Michelin Star in the world, 500 restaurants with 2 Michelin Stars and around 150 awarded 3 Michelin Stars. Secondly, this evolves every year based on the release of the guide in every part of the world.
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Since 1926, the Michelin guide began to award stars for fine dining establishments.

First of all, only a single star was used to award restaurants. Then, in 1931, the hierarchy of zero, one Michelin Star, two, and three stars was introduced. Finally, in 1936, the criteria for the starred rankings were published:

  • One Michelin Star: “A very good restaurant in its category” (Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie)
  • Two Michelin Star: “Excellent cooking, worth a detour” (Table excellente, mérite un détour)
  • Three Michelin Star: “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage).

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As a result, France – quelle surprise – is on top of the charts, with a whopping 600 Michelin star chefs and restaurants. However, the country with the highest number of 3-star restaurants is not the country where Michelin was invented, but a country on the other side of the world: Japan. There are 28 restaurants 3 stars, one more than in France, which has 27 restaurants (one of which is in Monaco). Even China now has 10 3-star hotels, one more than Italy.

Did you know about American food? In 2009 The New Yorker said:

Michelin has gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain the anonymity of its inspectors. Many of the company’s top executives have never met an inspector; inspectors themselves are advised not to disclose their line of work, even to their parents (who might be tempted to boast about it); and, in all the years that it has been putting out the guide, Michelin has refused to allow its inspectors to speak to journalists. The inspectors write reports that are distilled, in annual “stars meetings” at the guide’s various national offices, into the ranking of three stars, two stars, or one star—or no stars. (Establishments that Michelin deems unworthy of a visit are not included in the guide.)

Did you know about American food : the burger!

And what better to whet your appetite than to start the week with a picture of an iconic American dish, the hamburger. So iconic that for a few years now October 13th is the International Burger Day.

This hamburger here is one of the creations of our chef Kristin Frederick, American who decided to import her love for the cuisine of his country in France. For the greatest pleasure of the stomachs of the inhabitants of Paris !



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