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BitBuster
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Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
So the Michelin star rating is the most famous restaurant rating anyone can get. They cover most of Europe, but only a few major cities in the US. (NYC, San Fran, Chicago..)

NOLA is famous worldwide as having unique and famous cuisine. How come it didn't make the list?


Saskwatch
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
Michelin star criteria

I googled it... and according to this one article then New Orleans restaurants/chefs don't check a number of the boxes.



REG861
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
It doesn't even cover Las Vegas anymore. Maybe it's just an overrated, somewhat arbitrary rating metric...


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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
We can’t go a month without a boil water advisory. We can’t do anything right.


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TypoKnig
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
Michelin only reviews restaurants in cities in which they release their Michelin City Guide which is common outside the US, particularly in Europe. They only began to include US cities in 2005 with only New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and, recently, Washington DC.


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BitBuster
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
It was my understanding that they don't cover outside a few cities in the USA because the city guides didn't sell well.

I would imagine a tourist heavy city like New Orleans would be worthy of getting a guide.

Was there ever a New Orleans guide made?


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AbitaFan08
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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(NYC, San Fran, Chicago..)


And DC


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usc6158
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
Not doing Los Angeles anymore is more bizarre to me. They haven't gone an LA guide in nearly a decade. It's basically a completely different city, especially in terms of food.


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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
Safety concerns.


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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?


"Walk to Canossa
This term refers to King Henry IV humbling himself before the pope and offering penance. It’s also the nickname for the practice (which was apparently quite common up through the 1980s) in which chefs aspiring toward Michelin stardom would journey to Paris in order to meet with the guide’s editors and make a case explaining why their restaurants deserved consideration. Although not as common as it once was, rumour has it this still takes place on occasion."


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Saskwatch
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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Walk to Canossa


I read it as a medieval BJ


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I read it as a medieval BJ


Sounds painful, with all that armour and all.


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BitBuster
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
The chefs of NOLA should throw some money together to send a contingent to do the "Walk to Canossa". Could be a job for the Secretary of State.


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jaydoubleyew
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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Maybe it's just an overrated, somewhat arbitrary rating metric...


Not to the Chefs. Dave Chang was talking about this on his podcast recently. He admits on its face it should be this silly little rating. But it holds so much weight to them personally. A lot of chefs obsess over it, and at least one chef committed suicide because of the fear of losing a star. Their whole self worth is wrapped up in their star rating.


lsuwontonwrap
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
Because NOLA doesn't need Michelin to tell us our food is good.


ShootingsBricks4Life
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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Not to the Chefs. Dave Chang was talking about this on his podcast recently.


Again, not to some chefs.


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AbitaFan08
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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Because NOLA doesn't need Michelin to tell us our food is good.


Yes, I'm sure if Michelin was interested in adding NOLA to the list, the city would politely decline.


tigercross
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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Yes, I'm sure if Michelin was interested in adding NOLA to the list, the city would politely decline


Honestly, New Orleans would probably decline to allow Michelin to publish a guide unless they were willing to bribe the appropriate parties.


AbitaFan08
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
That’s actually an extremely valid point.


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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Why doesn't Michelin cover NOLA?
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at least one chef committed suicide because of the fear of losing a star.


Wasn't it actually a French chef who lost a star?


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