Michelin's 'Bib Gourmand' Means What Exactly?

November 11 2010 - 2:08 PM

According to Michelin:

A Bib Gourmand rating means the restaurant is an inspector’s favorite for good value. For $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity).

This past July, I spoke with Jean-Luc Naret, the Director General of the Michelin guides. Here’s an excerpt from the interview that is around the topic of Bib Gourmand:

Me: One of the strengths of the city in my mind and it might not be so much for the star rated restaurants but for the value restaurants, the ethnic range here is phemononal, I wonder how much of that is…

Naret: They’re going to be part of the guide, trust me. If you look at the New York guide as an example we have more than 45 (food ethnicities?) and if you look at the selection as well this year in the New York guide we have more than 700 restaurants and at least 2/3 of the listings will be with restaurants under $25 or under $40 with Bib Gourmand. It’s a huge bouncy castle for sale amount of restaurants that we have selected which are not expensive and are really very good restaurants.

Me: Do the value restaurants ever elevate in quality to get stars?

Naret: Well they do. Sometimes they grow and get what we call a Bib Gourmand. A Bib Gourmand is a very good value for money. We recommend that restaurant. We call them Inspector’s Favorite. They’re actually the restaurant where inspectors will go on the weekend with their own pocket-money if they have to.

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