New entries in the 2014 UK Michelin guide

Gaining and keeping Michelin stars is for all the chefs who enter the game very important. Some decide to not take part in this game and have rejected stars which they received, but most of the chefs care about having them as they retain it the highest recognition of their talent and hard work and losing any of the stars is a tragedy for everybody (there was even a case of suicide of an important three Michelin starred chef in France when he lost one of his three stars).

Michelin guide UK for 2014 just came out and I’m happy to see some new bright stars between them. My deepest congratulations to every chef who kept his stars and to all of them who gained their first or second star for the first time. Everyone of them deserves it strongly and I am really happy for all of them.

What’s new?

ImageThere is nothing new between the three starred restaurants. Nobody new on the list and luckily also nobody lost his star.

There are two new second stars in UK, Both in London.

One is for Ashley Palmers-Watts and Heston Blumenthal. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (in Knightsbridge, London), the wonderful hommage to historic British cooking, has just after two and half years of existing received the second star. Great concept, deep studies and hard work are paying off. Very deserved!

Second Michelin star also for the chef Arnaud Bignon’s Greenhouse in Mayfair, London who is acclaimed for his light touch with highly flavoured dishes with which he brings a thrilling dimension to classic French cuisine.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London has lost his second Michelin star.

15 new restaurants have been awarded a Michelin star; 13 in England (9 of them in London) and 2 in Ireland.
The winners in London: Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant ‘Outlaw’s at the Capital Hotel’, Eric Chavot’s Brasserie Chavot at the Westbury Hotel, HKK (Chinese, part of the Hakkasan Group), Ametsa by Arzak at the Halkin Hotel, Alvin Leung’s Bo London, Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House (opened in March 2013 – so really fast achieved!), Angler at the South Place Hotel, Lima and Tom Seller’s Restaurant Story (opened in April 2013 – speedy climber again!). The 2014 guide features 142 one-star restaurants in total.

“We have never produced a GB & Ireland guide that provides our readers with such diversity and variety”, says Rebecca Burr, Editor. “Fantastic B&Bs, wonderful pubs, stylish hotels, world class restaurants and great value eateries – we have them all in our guide.
“In the last year we’ve seen the rise of relaxed counter dining but also the opening of some big brasseries. Dining is becoming a less structured, less formal affair and opening times and menus are more flexible to reflect the way we live our lives. Single concept restaurants focusing on one or two dishes have also continued to open.
“The Michelin guide has always reflected what’s out there and London in particular has never offered so much choice – there really is something for everyone and for every occasion and there appears to be no end to the number of exciting new restaurant openings. With cuisines and culinary influences from all parts of the globe, it’s no surprise that the capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world for food.
“We’ve seen internationally acclaimed chefs open restaurants over here but we’re also delighted to witness the rise of the next generation of talented British chefs and the continued evolution of British cooking.”

Here is the complete list (including affordable Bib gourmand):

http://www.elizabethonfood.com/files/Liesbeth%20Auerbach/image/michelinuk2014.pdf

And again: congratulations to all!

Ashley Palmers Watts and Heston Blumethal - successful team behind the Dinner

Ashley Palmers Watts and Heston Blumenthal – successful team behind the Dinner (photo by Richard Vines)

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