Thursday, November 4, 2010

Michelin Star for Korean Cuisine

aww cute couple, huh? 
What is a Michelin Star?...does it has anything to do with the Tyres manufacturers?,,umm yes..sort of...
The Michelin Guide is a series of annual guide books published by Michelin for over a dozen countries. The term normally refers to the Michelin Red Guide,the oldest and best-known European hotel and restaurant guide, which awards the Michelin stars.

The Michelin Guide has been around since the early 1900s and started as a car and road trip guide. Andre and Edouard Michelin wanted to create a guide to the best restaurants and accommodations available along the travel route of motorists. The guide quickly became incredibly popular for its restaurant information as it highlighted the most exceptional chefs and eateries. It is now the oldest such publication and is now considered the most well-known and influential guide in the culinary world.

The guide awards one to three stars to a small number of restaurants of outstanding quality. 
~ One star indicates "a very good restaurant in its category, worth a stop." 
~ A two-star ranking represents "excellent cooking, worth a detour," and
~ Three stars are awarded to restaurants offering "exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey."
And I have to say.... it's a great way to indicate if a restaurant is good... will you travel somewhere just to try their food??... I'll do it!

Well.. a couple comformed by Duncan Robertson (33), a British chef who came to Seoul last year with his
Korean Girlfriend, Duncan is now the head chef at N Grill, the revolving restaurant on the top floor of  the N Seoul Tower in Mt. Nam, both of them plan to develop various recipes to promote Korean food, but for the time being their goal is to earn a star for N Grill from the Korean edition of the Michelin Guide.

Robertson was introduced to the Korean cuisine when he came to Korea with his 32-year-old Korean girlfriend in November last year and now has a Michelin star. "There are two restaurants, one in Sogong-dong and one in Sinsa-dong in Seoul, that can compete with any restaurant abroad in the Michelin Guide, and I can't forget the taste of rich bone broth and diced radish kimchi made my girlfriend's mother. "I don't know how to describe the taste, but I could feel such warmth from the food. That's what real food is all about," he says.

Chef Duncan With his girlfriend, whom he met in Paris, worked in an obscure restaurant called L'envie in the small French town of Brive, and it won a Michelin star. The Michelin Guide rates restaurants with five forks and three stars, and out of 20,000 premium restaurants in Paris, only 64 have one or more stars.

"I came to Seoul because I wanted to be close to my girlfriend's hometown and I wanted to get to know the place. I feel that people in Seoul are friendlier and more vivacious than in Tokyo and Shanghai," he says.

Hope they can get their Michelin Star soon   n_n
-Gisela V.

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