GSU hospitality professor on the value and controversy surrounding the Michelin Guide

Arepa Mia is among 10 restaurants recognized for "delectable food coupled with affordable pricing," known as a bib gourmand, in the first Michelin restaurant guide for the Atlanta area. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Dr. Kyle Hight, a professor at Georgia State’s School of Hospitality, has almost 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry and now as a professor.

Dr. Hight joined WABE’s “All Things Considered” to discuss the value and controversies surrounding the Michelin Guide.

According to Hight, winning a star puts immense stress and pressure on the chefs and owners.

He said the winning restaurants are a good reflection of the city’s diverse cuisine, even though the deciding process is a closely guarded secret.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.