A couple of decades ago, no matter who you asked, Paris was the centre of the gastronomic universe. There’s been a bit of a shift since then, though, with London seeing a meteoric rise in its restaurant scene, and New York and Tokyo also coming forward as major challengers. I’ve been speaking to some of the biggest names in the business to find out their thoughts on the world’s culinary capital…
Co-owners at L’Etranger
JT: London is the global capital now.
As the 2016 Michelin stars for the UK and Ireland came a day early, the big winners were the Japanese restaurants The Araki and Umu, who both moved up to two stars. There were plenty more winners and losers in the guide, though, so be sure to check out the full list of all the 2016 Michelin stars in Britain and Ireland below.
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 beginning of September always marks a special time in the lives of British chefs. Not because partridge, grouse and other game birds come into season, but because it marks the start of weeks of speculation about who will be rewarded in that little red book.
On 17th September 2015, the 41st annual edition of the Michelin Guide UK and Ireland is due for release; and it’s never been surrounded by as much controversy as it is today.
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In 2008, having occupied the dominant position in restaurant criticism for over a century in Europe, the Michelin guide landed in Asia. Seven years on, its position there still courts controversy from Asians and Europeans alike. We take a look to see whether the little red book has managed to gain respect in the continent.
Something of a food fight kicked off earlier this year, when respected Times critic, Giles Coren, lambasted Britain’s dining options outside of London. “Honestly, if I’m going out of London to eat, it’s more productive to leave the country,” he said, calling Birmingham “just a bit rubbish”.
We all know about the great scene in London, but is Coren hitting the right note on the cities outside the capital?
Kitchens of restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars are notoriously secretive, very rarely allowing visitors to see what is happening behind the scenes. These highly ranked kitchens are where some of the best food in the world is prepared, but is it possible to take a peek and see how things are done?
When did Shoreditch become the new Soho? And since when are Michelin-starred restaurants crowdfunded? I visited two of London’s hottest bohemian chefs to find out how the capital’s restaurant scene has recently been flipped on its head.
“Aged seven, I wanted to know how to make a chicken pakora”. This is apparently where it all began for Isaac McHale, Michelin starred chef of the uber-cool Clove Club in the Shoreditch Town Hall.
Being a relatively small island surrounded on all sides by the sea, it comes as no surprise that Britain has a strong tradition of seafood cuisine. For many centuries Brits have been harvesting from the ocean and preparing these marine creatures in mouth-watering ways. Many of the best restaurants in the UK, such as the legendary Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in the quaint Cornish village of Port Isaac, are dedicated to preparing British seafood exquisitely in order to bring out its superb flavours.
21212 Restaurant is one of the most innovative restaurants in Edinburgh, serving traditional French cuisine with a wonderfully contemporary twist. Chef Paul Kitching and his partner Katie O’Brien are two of the most celebrated restauranteurs in Scotland and together they have over 45 years of Michelin star experience.
Paul and Katie moved to the capital city of Scotland in 2009, which is when they opened 21212.