A long time ago, whilst I was still at university and struggling with cooking for myself, I devised what I consider a much more relevant system for grading a dining experience.
Stars are awarded to a dining experience on the basis of one star for each of one of the following…
- I didn’t have to cook it
- I didn’t have to wash up
- I didn’t have to pay for it
- I got to choose the menu
- I ate with friends or pleasant company
So a meal at a restaurant generally would be a four star meal, (assuming you have to pay) whereas a meal cooked by yourself in halls would generally be a one star meal. (assuming you chose what to eat)
I was recently reminded of this star system in Denmark, where I have been eating the best food cooked for me, and although I have to wash up and I am not choosing the menu, making it a 3 star meal, it certainly feels 5 star!