History: Brothers set Michelin stars in motion
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.