Michelin's star search

The difference between two and three Michelin stars can mean humiliation for European chefs.

With the 1999 Michelin guides hitting the shelves, chef Marc Meneau says he must now "try to rebuild his life." L'Esperance, his restaurant in the Burgundy region of France was just de-moted from three to two stars.

Since 1933, Michelin has used stars to rank restaurants. A three-star-rating (the highest) signifies "exceptional cuisine worth a journey" and will earn a chef membership in a very exclusive club, as well as fame, and possibly fortune.

Only 21 restaurants in France and Monaco are rated with three stars. Restaurants in the United States are not awarded Michelin stars.

Source: Associated Press

Compiled by Elisabetta Coletti

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