The Famed Michelin Guide Comes to Atlanta

Camille Lialios

The famed Michelin Guide is coming to Atlanta this fall, which has many local chefs believing the guide will inspire a new standard of fine dining in our area. The Michelin Guide offers fame, profits and acclaim to chefs and restaurants that garner its coveted stars. Some of the world's most famous restaurants are defined by their Michelin rating, and Atlanta restaurants featured in the Michelin Guide will be poised to bring in new customers - not just local, but from across the globe. 

The Michelin Guide began as a marketing tool to sell tires in 1900, starting off as a 400-page guidebook containing practical information for travelers. It was given to motorists free of charge; its aim being to facilitate their travels and develop mobility. It later became the international benchmark for restaurant and hotel guides. 

Michelin Stars are the highest accolade awarded by the inspectors to restaurants in the Guide. Stars identify restaurants that offer the best culinary experiences. Contrary to popular belief, they reward only the quality of the cooking itself.

The MICHELIN Star - there was only one to begin with - was created in 1926. Then, between 1931 and 1933, the system was extended, and three levels of Stars were introduced. They stand for:

  • One MICHELIN Star: High-quality cooking - Worth a stop.
  • Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking - Worth a detour.
  • Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine - Worth a special journey.

Michelin inspectors are on the road all year round, on the lookout for new restaurants to share with food-lovers. Once a restaurant is considered to be up to the MICHELIN selection standard, their teams want you to be able to enjoy it right away. To this end, the latest finds from Michelin inspectors are published on a regular basis. They are easy to find on the website: use the search filter 'New' on the Restaurants page to find all the additions from the past three months.

For years, the vast majority of restaurants featured in the guides were high-end, fine-dining destinations, which were cost prohibited for less affluent diners. In 1997, Michelin introduced its Bib Gourmand designation, which is awarded to restaurants that offer the best meals at reasonable prices, varying by country. 

Several notable Atlanta chefs and restauranteurs have shared who they believe should be included in Atlanta's first Michelin Guide. The list includes, Steven Satterfield, chef-partner, and Joey Ward, chef-owner of Rumi's Kitchen. For the full list, view the Atlanta Business Chronicle article here

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