Whatâ€™s Wrong With the Michelin Guide? Everything, Says A. A. Gill | Vanity Fair
Christina Wodtke stashed this in food
"The Michelin guide made kitchens as competitive as football teams, becoming the most successful and prestigious guidebook in the world, and along the way it killed the very thing it had set out to commend. It wasnâ€™t the only assassin of the greatest national food ever conceived, but itâ€™s not hyperbole to say Michelin was French haute cuisineâ€™s Brutus."
I've heard a lot of restaurant owners say the same thing about Yelp.
Yelp is the tragedy of the commons, and Michelin is waiting for a french revolution, preferably with guillotines.
This is hilarious:
"The New York guide has also swapped the dry information of the original for short, purple reviews. Food writing is already the recidivist culprit of multiple sins against both language and digestion, but the little encomiums of the Michelin guide effortlessly lick the bottom of the descriptive swill bucket. Take this, for instance, but only if you have a paper bag close at hand: â€śCan something be too perfect? Can its focus be so singular, pleasure so complete, and technique so flawless that creativity suffers? Per Se proves that this fear is unfounded.â€ť That was written in chocolate saliva. Or this: â€śDevout foodies are quieting their delirium of joy at having scored a reservationâ€”everyone and everything here is living up to the honor of adoring this extraordinary restaurant â€¦ Uni with truffle-oil gelĂ©e and brioche expresses the regret that we have but three stars to give.â€ť Thatâ€™s not a review of Chefâ€™s Table at Brooklyn Fareâ€”itâ€™s a handjob."