His­tory: Brothers set Miche­lin stars in mo­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

The Miche­lin Guide was first cre­ated in 1900 by brothers and tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers Edouard and An­dre Miche­lin in a bid to boost demand for cars.

It ini­tially pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to mo­torists such as maps, car me­chanic list­ings, ho­tels and petrol sta­tions through­out France.

It later in­tro­duced guides for other ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Isles in 1911.

The brothers recog­nised the restau­rant sec­tion of the guide was par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar and in­tro­duced award­ing stars in 1926. They re­cruited a team of anony­mous in­spec­tors to review the restau­rants.

The colour of the guide was changed from blue to red in 1931 and has re­mained the same ever since, be­com­ing known as the Miche­lin Red Guide.

It is the old­est ho­tel and restau­rant ref­er­ence guide in Europe.

The first guide to Bri­tain since 1931 was pub­lished in 1974 and 25 stars were awarded.

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