The 2018 Michelin stars were announced for the U.S.
last week, and a San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn
was the first woman in America to earn three Michelin Stars for her restaurant Atelier.
The Michelin star system and guide were initially a bid by the French Michelin brothers, who owned a tire business, to encourage people in the late 19th century to buy more cars. The guide turned into a paid-for service in the mid-1930s, when mystery diners or restaurant inspectors would frequent different restaurants and rate them, categorizing them by food type and fare.
Michelin released its first U.S. based book for New York in 2005. Since then Michelin stars have been awarded to restaurants
in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C. For 2018, San Francisco has the highest share of 3-starred Michelin restaurants, while New York has the most overall Michelin restaurants.