Michelin Star Rating System

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Michelin Stars
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Based in Deer Park, Illinois, Larry Soldinger is the managing partner of L J Soldinger Associates, LLC, an accounting firm he founded in 1989. In his free time, Larry Soldinger enjoys exploring the world and eating at Michelin-rated restaurants.

Most people have heard of the Michelin Stars, which are awarded to the highest-quality restaurants around the world. The rating system began in 1900, when the Michelin tire company released a guidebook to France in order to encourage people to take road trips throughout the country. In 1926, Michelin started sending anonymous reviewers who are passionate about food to different restaurants to rate them. Since then, the reviewing corps has grown into a full-time staff.

The rating system is based only on the food, not on the service or the restaurant décor, and runs from zero to three stars. A one-star restaurant is very good, has a consistently high standard of food, and is worth visiting if it is on your route. A two-star restaurant is worth making a detour. Finally, a three-star restaurant offers exceptional cuisine and merits a special trip.

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