Ever since tyre manufacturer Michelin had the brilliant idea of publishing starred restaurant reviews in their travellers' guidebooks in 1926, attaining those stars has become an obsession in certain quarters. Chefs base their reputations on the stars they’ve earned, and diners make a game of "collecting" dining experiences from Michelin-starred restaurants within reach.
To this day, Michelin Guides award one, two, and three star sets to the restaurants with the best menu and wine list. Losing and gaining stars can have a major impact on business (French chef Bernard Loiseau killed himself in 2003 when he was certain his restaurant would lose its three-star status). Some cities are more blessed with Michelin stars than others - one or more of these cities could be right on your next travel itinerary.
By Mike Aquino for Yahoo Southeast Asia