Michelin Star-Not tyres this time-but Michelin Restaurants and their Star System.

A few months ago I decided to look into the history of the Michelin star rating system for restaurants.

I found it fascinating, how the whole thing started from the desire to help the early motorists to secure a good place to eat on their travels, to today’s

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The Star Inn at Harome

the sophisticated way that Michelin award recognition to the best eating places all over the world.

I got it into my head that I must visit such a place to see what the difference is. My wife Michelle and I make sure that we go out at least once a week together and preferably on our own. I must admit that I prefer good Italian food, but now later on in life can take in an Indian meal. Eating out is a good time to reflect on the week gone by and talk about our garage business because we have a large grown up family, it is a real time have a bit of one on one conversation together.

However back to Michelin star?

Michelle’s birthday is on the 17th of December. It becomes increasingly difficult to buy something so near Christmas. In recent years I have treated her to a concert and a hotel stopover (which we both love doing). This year I thought about the Michelin star, and looked up about the Star Inn in a village near Helmsley, in North Yorkshire.

The Star is on the main street of a picturesque village called Harrome, about three miles from Helmsley. I looked it up online and discovered that the Star also

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Vintage Michelin man at the Star Inn

Does overnight accommodation. This also included a taster evening the first night, and because we decided to take the two-night deal the second night included a choice from the a la carte menu.

Did we arrive on wet, misty December day? The rooms were all individually set out. Hence, and were all decorated in a countryside style.

This was to be the first time that I had visited a Michelin star restaurant. I could not wait. Thus, the building itself dates back to the fourteenth century.As a result and from the outside looks small with a beautiful thatched roof. The pub part of the star is like stepping back in time and is one of the best pub’s I have ever visited.

I started to see that this is what every business should be run like? All the staff were very kind and helpful. The most important thing to me though was the staff’s knowledge about the food, the wine and their understanding of the business and the history.

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This is what dealing with customers, and the public is all about. The Star had hundreds of small thoughtful ideas to make the public’s stay a better experience.

This is what running any business (even a garage) was all about, little touches that are not expensive to implicate, but make a huge difference to the public’s experience, when they visit your tyre shop or garage.

The food was out of this world, and the wines we tasted were all part of the experience, I sort of thought they would be because that’s what a Michelin star is all about.

The thing I did not expect was the total business experience? You could compare this with your business experience and procedures, to improve the way michelin starthat we treat our garage customers and add those little extra touches that make a world of difference, that can also give you a better bottom line.

I must congratulate the Star Inn for opening my eyes. Especially, to the way that a business should be run. Especially a company that deals with the public. So we all can add those little touches that make a difference. hence, to the visitor experience. I like to think that I run my garage and tyre business in a similar fashion. But it gave me a whole new enthusiasm and insight.For this reason, into make better profit margins. By not thinking cheap all the time.

I would like to end by also thanking Michelin for introducing me to the Star Inn; we have decided to make a visit there an annual pilgrimage near my wife’s birthday. I would recommend any business owner to visit and see how a company that deals with the public should be run.

Eric Roberts

More Information…http://www.thestaratharome.co.uk/

 

 

Michelin story-So How did a Company selling Rubber Tyres become the World’s Authority on Restaurants?

Michelin story

It actually makes a lot of sense. It’s also genius marketing. But really, how did the world’s most talented chefs and esteemed restaurants and come to be

Source: www.messynessychic.com

This is a great article about the reason that the Michelin brothers, famous for their tyres decided to go into “evaluating restaurants “business, a good Michelin story.

Well worth a read although nothing much to do with tyres.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin Guide was first introduced for motorists in 1900 (Michelin story)

We have all heard of the Michelin stars that are a sign of a top class restaurant, but I have always wondered where it all came from and just thought that the Michelin name was perhaps just a coincidence.

I know that they employ inspectors to visit restaurants without the owners knowing who they are. They then asses the restaurant for the highest quality of cuisine and this includes the products used in the meal, the flavours and cooking and whether or not the food is cooked in an individual style. The inspectors also check for value for money and also the number of times the customers visit the restaurant.

There is some concerns in the food industry thought that the Michelin stars mean NOTHING. They are after all judged by humans and so each individual will a certain opinion also depending what mood he may be in. The famous “Faulty Towers “sketch comes to mind, when a hotel inspector visits Basils Hotel, he was in for a shock.  I can imagine this happening to a Michelin inspector on a bad day?

How the Michelin guide was started?

The first Michelin motorist’s guides were not just aimed at restaurants, but were a wealth of information about where to find accommodation and meals for drivers touring France. The Brother responsible for this guide was Andre Michelin, who was also part of the Michelin tyre company and so the whole thing is related.

This was in 1900, but by 1920 the information in the guide about dining had become very popular and so to improve the quality of their references, Michelin decided to send out a team of inspectors to check out the restaurants outside of the Paris area where they had concentrated on most of the earlier dining reports. These out of Paris eateries, were give one to three stars according to the quality, an important part of the Michelin story.

This system was then introduced to Paris and by 1933, 23 restaurants were awarded the top prize of three stars. The system was then rolled out to other European countries, but the system was dropped for a while and then re-introduced in 1951, but very few would achieve the coveted three star rating.

Here in the UK we only have four restaurants that have achieved the three star rating they are; at Duck – Bray

Waterside Inn – Bray

Gordon Ramsay – Chelsea

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester – Mayfair

What do Michelin Star Ratings Mean?

Here is a list of the ratings that can be achieved by the chefs; there are three levels of star ratings which can be awarded by the inspectors of the Michelin Star Restaurants; from 1 star to 3

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The star inn in Yorkshire has a Michelin star

stars.

1-Three stars “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

2-Two stars “Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

3-One star “A very good restaurant in its category”

Unfortunately none of these are in Yorkshire, so I have never had the pleasure of eating in one of these fine establishments? However six restaurants in Yorkshire do have Michelin stars, but not the top honor of  three stars. One day perhaps?

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.