My argument is simple. Of the ten most memorable meals of my life, only one involved a star. Because good food — great food — is hardly confined to the fine-dining traps that Michelin promotes through its star system.
Michelin is spreading this idea that we must enjoy fine dining, because these are the best restaurants in the world, and if we don’t agree, then our tastes are not refined enough to understand. It’s a dictatorship, a suffocating snob state, aligned with one very narrow definition of cuisine that most people don’t identify with. Starched tablecloths and long tasting menus give me anxiety. I can’t stand it.
Great meals are rarely predicated on some chef’s apple gelee and Escoffierisms. The best meals are the simple ones, with great company, with people you love, with great people you love, all getting toasted on some alcoholic beverages — or not! — and spending time together.
It could be at a noodle shop or a KFC or a durian stall in Singapore late at night or someone’s house or a restaurant that no Michelin inspector would dare enter. Most of the time it hardly matters.
What matters is having your own taste, your own opinions and knowing how to enjoy the moment, no matter what you’re eating.
And Michelin cannot guide you to that.