23 Jul 2016

Michelin guide history

From This Way Up, 1:50 pm on 23 July 2016

How on earth did a French tyre company get into rating restaurants?!

A Michelin star translates into major bucks for any restaurant and losing them can be a disaster. And it's not just top end eateries that get them either.

Two hawker street stalls in Singapore have just been awarded a Michelin star, the first time in the famous culinary guide's history that Asian street stalls have got the award.

But how did a French tyre company get interested in rating restaurants? Alex Mayyasi's written a history of the Michelin guides on priceonomics.com.