Michelin’s list of the best three-star restaurants proves debatable

Official statistics on the most high ranking three-star restaurants is questionable. Apparently, there is a food trend toward Japanese style foods such as Kyoto. Nevertheless, the awarded restaurants rated by Michelin create and serve arguably high culinary standards with leniency tending towards establishing more credit than its worth.



According to the statistics, 28 restaurants in Japan, 27 in France, 14 in the United States, 11 in Germany and 10 in China represent artistic style, culinary taste, and service.


After examining one of the restaurants on the list, Alinea, all standards and qualifiers are questionable

Alinea began in 2005. Moreover, most of the restaurants on the list were established in the same year. However, Alinea is not listed as a restaurant. Furthermore, its “relaxed environment with good service of unusual flavors with exotic plating served by investment bankers”  hints at something. Although the establishment offers between 18 and 22 courses, it’s main objective is to deliver an experience which is fun, emotional and provocative. These goals are evasive and concisely unclear.




Additionally, Aliena is open from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm only five days per week

Aliena’s staff includes 200 employees. That seems somewhat exaggerated for such a small establishment. Indeed, the dining room cannot seat more than 100 people and the hours are limiting. Grant Achatz, the chief chef, and co-owner outright admits that manipulation is something the restaurant utilizes with fervor. Whether its food related or business related, continued development of the industry with consistent opportunities created, Grant describes that everyone uses manipulation.’It’s the best way to keep pushing forward and will help to let go of power.”


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Grant’s vague words and demeanor mask true intent and meaning

With a documentary and a website, Alinea portrays in a veil with mystery, an articulate, precise business plan. The documentary and advertising for the restaurant strongly hint towards a very elite target demographic. Hosting a young staff with little restaurant experience, dedication to technological advancement remains the end target.


Alinea stands out as an example of the type of standards Michelin is setting or advertising, no matter how obscure

If this true fact applies to the restaurant Alinea, it may be true for many more businesses listed and ranked by Michelin. Subsequently, the ranking system and statistics fall entirely under suspicion because of the obscure nature of the establishments receiving Michelin’s stamp of approval. Moreover, the suggestion of such businesses falls under mysterious management practice and acceptable edible food guidelines.



No matter that the guidelines rating the restaurants remain congruously ambiguous

While artistically contemporary and unique, the food and drinks from Aliena and it’s subdivisions do not tempt the appetite of most consumers. Also, the chef gains opportunities to break boundaries. The culinary experience leaves something to be desired. Certainly the same principles apply to the other restaurants as well.

It is clear that the desire is stemming from an entirely different cultural palate and experience. Only those with deep, dark insight know which desire that is.

References: Aliena, Statistica, the culture trip
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