In 1900, there weren’t many cars driving around France. The Michelin brothers, producers and purveyors of car tires decided that to boost the demand for cars – and their tires. They would publish a free guide for motorists they called the Michelin Guide. It provides information including maps, repair instructions, and hotels. In 1926, the brothers’ guide began to award a star for fine dining. By 1931 they developed the ranking system of 1-3 stars. And as the popularity of the restaurant section grew, the brothers hired an anonymous team of inspectors to visit and review restaurants. Guides are available for 23 countries across the globe to help aid in the foodie journey.