Dump Star Ratings; Judge by Plus (+) Marks
By Doral Chenoweth
Use of stars to rate movies makes sense. Stars to rate food, restaurants, are confusing because of the many judgment scales used by all sorts of products. In my hometown, auto mechanics, mattress makers, and nude dance clubs rate with stars, all their own judgments. Food served in restaurants is either good, marginal, unacceptable, or poor. Plus and minus marks may be applied in those cases. Here is the Grumpy Gourmet's rating system that has been used over the years.
Guide Michelin rates with stars in the world's oldest restaurant rating system; grants three to exceptional restaurants in Europe.
Mobil in the USA rates with five stars, but those stars do not apply to the food, only the napery, ambience and service.
AAA rates food in hotels in their travel guides and their inspectors actually eat the food they report on. What a concept!