This topic grew out of the discussion in a B/S/T thread, and it deserves its own debate.
Michelin Stars. To some, these are the ultimate accolade, a proud badge of honor for chefs and for their patrons, a reason to travel far and pay large sums of money for a bite to eat. To others, its nothing more than a bunch of stuck up French snobs judging the work of others as if they are THE authority on gastronomy in the world.
The stars can make or break a restaurant, drive chefs to fame or drive them to insanity, and in some cases, consume a chef's soul.
Are these stars the guiding light leading diners to sensory bliss? Are they the penultimate standard of having achieved the highest quality food and cooking for chefs? Or are they false symbols of an archaic and highly prejudiced "old boys club" that has its collective head stuck far up its own ass?
What do you guys think?