The international gourmet guide was created in 1969 by the two Frenchmen Henri Gault (1929-2000) and Christian Millau (1929-2017). Besides the Guide Michelin, it is one of the most influential French restaurant guides. In contrast to the latter, the Gault-Millau is not limited to a listing with rating symbols, but offers a verbal description. The guide is feared for his sometimes cynical-sarcastic formulations of extreme severity, which in the past often earned him threats of legal action and court cases. The guide is published annually with the regional editions for France, Germany (separate guide for Baden-Württemberg), Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol.