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The secrets of the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide is one of the main world references in the field of gastronomy for its famous restaurant ranking system.

The dream of every chef is to get a Michelin star, and the dream of foodies from all over the world to eat in one of the prestigious award-winning restaurants.

Spain currently has 310 Michelin stars distributed among 250 restaurants. Of the total there are only 13 restaurants with 3 stars, 34 with two stars and another 203 are distinguished with one Michelin star.

History of the Guía Michelin

The Michelin Guide owes its name to the famous tire company we all know. Its beginnings date back to the end of the 19th century, when the brothers André and Edouard Michelin formed the company and provided drivers with a travel guide with all kinds of practical information.

A recommended hotels and restaurants section began to appear in the guide during the 1920s. Because of the interest this guide attracted, the Michelin brothers hired a group of "inspectors" to rate the restaurants and provide a ranking.

The famous Michelin stars to evaluate each establishment did not begin to appear until 1926, and became a hierarchy of one, two or three stars in the 1930s.

How do you get a Michelin star?

There are no specific rules for obtaining a Michelin star. This distinction distinguishes establishments that offer the best culinary quality according to the following criteria: selection of products, creativity of the menu, mastery of cooking points and flavors, quality/price ratio and regularity.

The restaurant that opts for a Michelin star (which is always awarded to the establishment, not to the chef) will receive several visits from inspectors who are experts in evaluating the service and the quality of the gastronomy. The result depends on the assessment of the inspectors and, if they agree, the Michelin Guide award is granted.

Each year, the Michelin Guide reviews and updates all the rankings to provide an up-to-date assessment.

Michelin Guide Awards

Michelin stars are awarded annually at an awards gala organized by each country and include several categories:

  • One star: a cuisine of great finesse.

  • Two stars: exceptional cuisine.

  • Three stars: a unique cuisine.

In addition to the traditional star rating, the Michelin Guide Awards include the Bib Gourmand category, which rewards establishments that offer good food at an affordable price.

Other special Michelin Guide Awards include the Young Chef, the Mentor Chef, a category that rewards chefs involved in the training of new talent, and the Room Service Award, as well as the Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant category.

Michelin Guide Restaurant in Madrid

Located in the Hotel Único Madrid, the Restaurant Ramón Freixa is a 2 Michelin starred restaurant that is among only a few restaurants in Spain.

The gastronomic proposal of chef Ramón Freixa has been valued by the Michelin Guide for its excellent quality and for the journey through flavors and textures that guests can enjoy with every dish.

The dishes at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Madrid are a work of art that seduces the eyes before satisfying the palate, turning each bite into an unforgettable experience.

You can book your experience at Ramón Freixa Restaurant including various tasting menus marked by the seasonality of the products and accompanied by a wine pairing. Or, if it is a special occasion, give Ramón Freixa as a gift to a special person.

To end the evening at this Michelin restaurant in Madrid, stay at our 5-star hotel in Madrid and enjoy the luxury and tranquility in the heart of the Spanish capital. Book your stay at Hotel Único Madrid.

October 18, 2023