A reputation for excellence is the result of modest efforts made every day. At least that's what 50-year-old French chef Michel Troisgros seems to embody.

Troisgros is the owner-chef of La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France. For 40 straight years, his restaurant has received three stars from the Michelin Guide in the country where the renowned guide was born more than a century ago.

Three stars are given to establishments approved by professional undercover inspectors as restaurants "worth the journey." They believe customers can expect everything — from the quality, flavor and cooking of the cuisine to the service — to be exquisite.