By Denna Bowman
For car enthusiasts the Michelin name is synonymous with premium brand tyres, but for culinary fans it’s all about food!
And yesterday tyres were on the back burner as the French tyres manufacturer published its 100th Michelin restaurant guide – with an impressive two star rating for British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
The foul-mouthed TV chef will be delighted with the news that he has been awarded two stars – the maximum is three stars – for his first restaurant in France, Gordon Ramsay au Trianon, which opened last year just outside Paris in Versailles.
It was seen by some as a big test for the former Glasgow Rangers footballer, who once trained in France under Joel Robuchon.
The Michelin ‘Red Guide’ started life in 1900 as a way of promoting pneumatic tyres and guiding owners of the first motor cars to France’s best restaurants as they enjoyed their new freedom to tour the country.
No new editions were published during World Wars I and II, although the 1939 guide was re-issued in 1944 for Allied officers fighting their way through German-occupied France from the beaches of Normandy.