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Is the Michelin Guide Still Relevant?

Over a century old, the Michelin Guide, the star-ratings restaurant guide paid for by the French tire company, is arguably the best-known on the planet.

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But recently, the guide has taken its fair share of heat. A.A. Gil of Vanity Fair has said, "It's no accident that the legacy of 100 years of Michelin is not just an emaciated, inhospitable French table but the legion of score-settling adjective junkies populating unreadable Internet blogs." And Esquire's John Mariani adds, "Rather than handing down pontifical blessings, they now seem to toss out stars in an effort to be loved, at least by people able to toss around $500 for dinner."

Has the Michelin Guide lost its relevance? I asked Valley chefs and restaurateurs, and this is what they had to say:

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Laura Hahnefeld
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