Did you know Michelin inspectors eat 300 meals a year? Plus, Hend Sabri breaks down the taboos

Everything you’ve wanted to know about the Michelin Guides.

Before we jump into our main topic, here's a fun thread from Erik Jones—what he calls ‘very scientific’ charts about podcasting. Do you, like us, find it hard to listen to podcasts at 1x?


Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, with Hashem Montasser and Samantha Wood on The Lighthouse Conversations. Image: Farah Al-Sharief

The F&B scene in these parts is having quite the field day since the start of 2022. In February, we had the inaugural MENA 50Best list and, with speculation dating back 5 years, the Michelin Guide finally announced its entry into the Middle East with the first Dubai list expected in June. We also had Gault & Millau announcing their partnership with ITP to launch a UAE guide later this year.