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  • Writer's pictureChef James Oakley

How many 3 Michelin star restaurants worldwide?

How many 3 Michelin star restaurants worldwide?

How many restaurants and chefs have achieved the absolute pinnacle of culinary excellence?

Which restaurant has held 3 stars for the longest period of time?

There are 133 restaurants worldwide to have been awarded the highest acclaim of 3 Michelin stars, 133 chefs externalized on the pages of culinary excellence!

133 seems a lot however compared to the hundreds of thousands of restaurants globally only 133 have reached the perceived highest level of culinary mastery, as close to perfection as humanly possible, if perfect even exists these restaurants, chefs and teams would be just that.

Which country houses the most 3 star restaurants?

One would possibly assume France, a fair assumption given the fact that Michelin is a French guide, head quarter`s in France and French cuisine was the bedrock of fine cooking for many years, France however sits 2nd in this list behind Japan!

Japanese cuisine is a personal favorite of mine, incredible flavor and technique. Japan unlocked the secrets on umami and developed an incredible understanding of why foods taste not just good but incredible. I believe the chefs may and probably should also credit the Japanese farmers and fisheries for the mind blowing product they can produce, it is a real science even down to the best time of day to pick produce to ensure it has received the exact amount of sunlight to ensure it is without doubt at it`s very peak!

These are the top ten countries rated by number of 3 star restaurants

1. Japan 31

2. France 27

3. U.S.A 14

4. Spain 11

5. Germany 10

6. Hong Kong and Macau 10

7. Italy 10

8. U.K 5

9. Netherlands 3

10. Switzerland 3

Which current 3 star restaurant has held 3 stars for the longest?

This acclaim belongs to the late, Great Paul Bocuse and his legendary restaurant L`Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges-au-Mont-d`Or France. This restaurant has held 3 Michelin stars since 1965! 54 years of consistently deliver to the very highest standards of excellence is just a truly remarkable achievement. Now in the capable hands of chefs Christophe Muller, Gilles Reinhardt and Olivier Couvin the restaurant may well enjoy this level of success for many more years to come!

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