Michelin is considered to be the most influential guide for determining the best restaurants around the world. Once listed in the guide, chefs and their team comes under a lot of pressure to maintain that level of performance for better or worse and likewise, the team of inspectors behind the guide is under pressure to use their power responsibly and accurately. Since 2011, Michael Ellis has been the man at the top of the Michelin Guide hierarchy pyramid, holding the position of international director, but just few days back, Michelin announced that Ellis would be leaving the company in September.
“The past seven years as head of the Michelin guides have been the most exciting of my career and I cannot thank the Michelin Group enough for giving me this unique opportunity,” Ellis said in a statement announcing his choice to leave his position. “The inspectors are the beating heart of this strategic activity, their passion and their expertise are powerful, and I have been honored to be by their side during these last seven years. Long live the Michelin Guide!”
The most prominent achievement during Ellis’s tenure at Michelin has been his global expansion of the brand, that includes addition of six new guides over the past three years, including first-ever guides in Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, and Bangkok.
According to Bloomberg, Ellis is going to join the Dubai-based luxury hotel chain Jumeirah Group as its chief culinary officer. “His appointment is the cornerstone of the vision to put dining at the center of Jumeirah’s luxury experience,” Jumeirah CEO Jose Silva said in a statement. The chain currently has 15 hotels across the Middle East, Europe and Asia, with 18 additional projects under construction.
Michelin stated in an announcement that a replacement will be appointed soon.