The Michelin Guide provoked controversy this afternoon, as it announced this year’s results ahead of tomorrow’s 7.30am schedule.
Among the results, the Britain and Ireland guide announced 15 new one-star restaurants, plus two new two-stars. Once again, there were no new three-stars to add to Britain’s existing quadruplet of Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn.
The shock announcements were delivered via a series of tweets, the first of which cited being “let down once again by a bookshop”.
Let down once again by a bookshop here are the new #MichelinStars2016
— The MICHELIN Guide (@MichelinGuideUK) September 16, 2015
The big winners were two Japanese restaurants. The Araki arrived in the capital last year to much fanfare – the Head Chef uprooting the restaurant from Tokyo, where it already had three stars, to come to London. The nine-cover restaurant in Mayfair, whose omakase menu costs £300 per head, is already back up to two stars in this year’s guide. Meanwhile stalwart of the London scene, the Kyoto kaiseki restaurant Umu, was awarded its second star 11 years after the first.
Restaurants to gain their first star included two contrasting locations: the modern restaurant Lyle’s in Shoreditch – where ex-Young Turk James Lowe runs the kitchen, and the classic Dining Room at The Goring, a hotel restaurant which has been serving food since 1910. The dining room reopened earlier this year after an extensive refurbishment, following the appointment of the new Executive Head Chef Shay Cooper.
Also moving up to one star was the new Mayfair restaurant Bonhams – an offshoot of the famous auction house, and Portland of Marylebone. Birmingham got another star in Carters of Moseley, bringing the city’s total to five, while Leeds got its first star for Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind the Curtain.
There is likely to be some controversy that the guide again neglected to crown any other restaurants with a third star. Chefs including French titans Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon have previously questioned why London, in particular, doesn’t have more three-star restaurants.
The Michelin Britain and Ireland Guide’s editor, Rebecca Barr, said the guide reflected the country’s up-and-coming generation of talent.
“The next generation of chefs are really coming through to give the established chefs a run for their money. They all have their own individual style and their ability – coupled with their confidence – looks set to lead them on to great things.”
All the Michelin movers:
New 1 stars:
The Dining Room at the Goring
Rest of England
Carters of Moseley
The Man Behind the Curtain
House of Tides
New 2 stars:
Lost their star:
Rest of England
Three Chimneys & the House Over-By