The Michelin Star System Explained (With Pictures)

Everyone knows that Michelin-starred restaurants offer the finest food in any given city, but do you really know what to expect from one star, two stars and three? Allow us to give you the low-down…

One Michelin Star

“A very good restaurant in its category”

The Michelin Guide offers a single star to restaurants that have maintained a consistently high level of quality over many years, as well as to newer eateries that show potential for moving up in the star rating. “Very good restaurant” may sound like a basic standard, but Michelin reviewers are extremely passionate about food and their take on “very good” is rather specific. One-Michelin-starred restaurants typically serve gastronomic cuisine—and when they don’t, the menu offers an exceptional take on regional culinary traditions.

Oetker Collection’s list of one-Michelin-starred restaurants includes:

Céleste at the Lanesborough, London

Tangará- Jean Georges at Palácio Tangará, São Paulo

Le Saint-Martin at Château Saint-Martin, Vence

114 Faubourg at Le Bristol, Paris

Two Michelin Stars

“Excellent cooking, worth a detour”

The entry gate gets a little narrower for restaurants aspiring to two Michelin stars. In this category, you will begin to see chefs who combine impeccable technique with creative flare that sets their menu apart from the rest. Two-Michelin-starred dining is usually accompanied by an atmosphere that reflects the quality and craftsmanship embodied by the food. These exclusive establishments typically require booking at least one month in advance.

Oetker Collection restaurants have yet to earn two Michelin stars, but it’s on the agenda!


Three Michelin Stars

“Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”

As the Michelin Guide states, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant is worth making as special journey for—even to a different country. The food you will encounter is the work of a master chef who elevates cooking to an art. A key fixture in three-Michelin-starred dining is the tasting menu, which is best paired with wines recommended by the resident sommelier. The experience of dining on this level—termed haute cuisine in French—is one to savour over many hours in great company. Three-Michelin-star restaurants around the world typically require six weeks to three months advanced booking. But trust us—it’s worth it.

Oetker Collection’s Epicure at Le Bristol Paris has held three Michelin stars since 2009 thanks to Chef Eric Frechon.


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