What you need to know about Singapore's Michelin web portal, and the real meaning of the stars

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You've probably already heard about the impending debut of Michelin guide Singapore 2016 later this year, and there's already a stellar line-up of events to mark its debut.

But here's something else you need to know: Michelin has launched its gourmet lifestyle portal in Singapore - first in Asia - offering gourmands an insider's perspective on the Michelin-star restaurants, award-winning international celebrity chefs and also a channel to make reservations at some of the most sought after tables.

The star ratings by Michelin are both a source of information as well as an enigma.

This is what every gourmand should know about the rating system:

1 star: good to try if you're in the neighbourhood

2 stars: if you're in the country, try to go

3 stars: you should make it a point to travel there to eat!

The gourmet lifestyle content on the interactive platform will be categorised into news, features, people, dining in and dining out. Besides getting first-hand updates on global Michelin guide announcements, gastronomes can also enjoy recipes and opinion pieces by Michelin-star chefs.

You could even send in your questions to be answered by renowned chefs, or submit your own masterpiece to the crowd-sourced recipe collection.

Michelin has also teamed up with Singapore-based Chope Group to provide a seamless online reservation experience to book a spot at the coveted tables. Diners can make a reservation at these prestigious culinary establishments from anywhere in the world and at anytime, thereby keeping the dining experience fuss-free from beginning to end. We're already tripping over ourselves with excitement.

The first 50 users who pre-order four copies of the Michelin guide Singapore 2016 via www.guide.michelin.sg with a complimentary ticket (worth $280++) to a four-course lunch session at Art at Curate on May 4, 2016.

This article was first published in Singapore Airlines’ travel magazine, SilverKris. Go to silverkris.com for more travel stories.