Michelin FAQs

1. How many Michelin starred restaurants have you dined at?

This question comes up quite a bit during conversations. After several years of fine dining, I lost count so then I decided to create a list to keep track. Nine *** starred, twelve ** starred, and sixteen * starred restaurants. That's 37 in total across the globe.

2. Out of all the Michelin restaurants, which one is your favorite?

This is a hard question since I haven't dined at all of them. My decision varies by region. So far, the ones that stood out are: Tickets in Spain, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Tokyo and Paris, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, Guy Savoy in Las Vegas and L'Arpege in Paris. I chose these particular restaurants because they all had at least one dish that was absolutely outstanding. It's what food dreams are made of.

3. Of the Michelin starred restaurants, how many are on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list?

This list has been around since 2002 but has started to get some notoriety from the press. To-date, 10 restaurants. Of the entire list of 100 (with or without Michelin stars), I've dined at 12.

Below is a comprehensive list of all of the Michelin starred and Bib Gourmand restaurants I've dined at (based on the latest 2019 listing). ~ Indicates the restaurants on the latest World's 50 Best Restaurants/Best of the Best lists


RyuGin, Tokyo


L'Arpege, Paris ~

Alinea, Chicago, IL ~
Grace, Chicago, IL -- Closed
Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY ~
Le Bernardin, New York, NY ~
The French Laundry, Yountsville, CA ~

9 Total


Narisawa, Tokyo ~


Joel Robuchon, Monte-Carlo

Waku Ghin, Singapore

Sketch, London

Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, NV
Sixteen, Chicago, IL -- Closed
Atera, New York, NY
minibar, Washington DC

12 Total

Iggy's, Singapore

Tickets, Barcelona ~


Aureole, Las Vegas, NV
Bouchon, Yountsville, CA
Bradley Ogden, Las Vegas, NV -- Closed
Daniel Boulud Brasserie, Las Vegas, NY -- Closed
Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
La Toque, Napa, CA
Blackbird, Chicago, IL
Roister, Chicago, IL
Band of Bohemia, Chicago, IL
Ai Fiori, New York, NY
NoMad, New York, NY

16 Total

Girl & the Goat, Chicago, IL
The Purple Pig, Chicago, IL
Jaleo, Washington, DC
Juniper & Ivy, San Diego, CA


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