The ultimate goal of any classically trained chef is to ultimately be awarded with the most coveted prize in food, a Michelin star. Chefs around the world work tirelessly creating unique menus and offering remarkable experiences, just to try and win at least one star for their restaurants.
Michelin are a series of guide books published by the French tire company Michelin for more than a century. Since 1900, it offers the annually Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments.
To be considered, a chef must have a restaurant located in one of the exclusive regions that Michelin recognizes. Once that is checked off the list, Michelin sends a covert inspector to the restaurant that expects to be seated down quickly, be well taken care of by staff, and enjoy a culinary experience like no other.
The following chefs worked around the clock to win multiple stars and are among the most decorated Michelin chefs from around the world.
The fourth female French chef to ever earn three Michelin stars is Anne-Sophie Pic. Pic’s culinary training was far from traditional, never attending culinary school but she did have to take the reigns and run her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic, after her father’s death in 1997.
Her hard work and dedication paid off, she was able to collect three Michelin stars for Maison Pic, before moving on and opening her own eatery, Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic.
Earning one Michelin star seems like a far-fetched idea for most chefs but what about earning 28 stars? Well, this is a reality for Joël Robuchon the tough French chef who owns 12 fabulous restaurants around the world.
Robuchon is known as the chef of the century because of his record wins but what else would the culinary world expect from the pioneer of the post-nouvelle cuisine? Aside from pioneering a new wave in food and winning a boat-load of Michelin stars, Robuchon was also Gordon Ramsay’s mentor. What can’t this man do?
You have to be a pretty exceptional chef to have your creations sent up to the International Space Station, and exceptional perfectly describes French chef, Alain Ducasse. The 21 times Michelin star recipient broke records by becoming the first chef to own restaurants that have earned three stars in three different cities.
Ducasse is involved in every aspect of his 25 international restaurants including the silverware, china, linens, and even the fonts used on his menus. Talk about attention to detail!
Spanish chef, Martin Berasategui, is the only Spanish chef to be awarded eight Michelin stars. He’s also one of the few chefs in the world to own two restaurants both awarded three stars, respectively. Berasategui earned his first star when he was just 25 years old, after opening his first restaurant in 1993, Restaurante Martin Berasategui, which got its third star in 2001.
Japanese, Yoshihiro Murata, prides himself in always offering his guests locally sourced ingredients to create authentic Japanese cuisine. Four restaurants and seven Michelin stars later, it seems like Murata had the right idea.
Murata has recently opened his new restaurant, Tokimeite in Mayfair, an upscale area of London and prides himself in expanding his culinary expertise all throughout Europe.
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