askST: Here's how Michelin inspectors award stars

Cantonese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun.
Cantonese restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun.PHOTOS: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, GAVIN FOO, DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE
Mr Tan Lee Seng (left) is the owner of Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow in Old Airport Road Food Centre that made it to this year's Michelin Singapore Bib Gourmand list.
Mr Tan Lee Seng (left) is the owner of Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow in Old Airport Road Food Centre that made it to this year's Michelin Singapore Bib Gourmand list.PHOTOS: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, GAVIN FOO, DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE
Nouri, which serves crossroads cooking, each earned a Michelin star for the first time.
Nouri, which serves crossroads cooking, each earned a Michelin star for the first time.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
Nouri (above), which serves crossroads cooking, each earned a Michelin star for the first time.
Nouri (above), which serves crossroads cooking, each earned a Michelin star for the first time.PHOTOS: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, GAVIN FOO, DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE
Michelin Guide’s international director and chief inspector Michael Ellis (above) urges restaurateurs not to cook for the Michelin Guide, but to “make sure your restaurant is filled with happy customers”.
Michelin Guide’s international director and chief inspector Michael Ellis (above) urges restaurateurs not to cook for the Michelin Guide, but to “make sure your restaurant is filled with happy customers”.PHOTOS: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, GAVIN FOO, DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES, ST FILE

Michelin Guide's international director Michael Ellis sheds light on the process

The third edition of Singapore's Michelin Guide was launched on Wednesday, with five restaurants receiving a star for the first time.

The new entrants are modern Australian barbecue restaurant Burnt Ends in Teck Lim Road; Jiang-Nan Chun, which serves Cantonese and southern Chinese food at the Four Seasons Hotel; wine-centric French restaurant Ma Cuisine in Craig Road; Nouri in Amoy Street, which serves what it calls crossroads cooking; and Sushi Kimura at Palais Renaissance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'Here's how Michelin inspectors award stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe