The MICHELIN Guide selection 2021 for the UK and Ireland was held online, presented by Claudia Winkleman in a way that provided other award ceremonies with a template of how to do it.
The assessments throughout 2020 were like the restaurants tested to the full by the on and off lockdowns that escalated as the year progressed. So, a testimony to the tenacity of the inspectors’.
Green Michelin Stars
The highlight for us was the creation of the Green Star awards, recognising those that serve a sustainable restaurant experience alongside a culinary one. More later.
London Women receive highest accolade
Three Michelin Stars is the highest accolade a restaurant can achieve, and three stars are rarely awarded. Two women running what must now be considered currently as the UK and London’s hottest restaurant destinations were recognised with three stars. Joining the three star club is an esoteric privilege that now has two new members, bringing the total to seven.
CORE by Clare Smyth, 92 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PN – and – Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL.
The moment when both Hélène Darroze and Clare Smyth learned of their awards can be seen in the awards ceremony broadcast here. It was emotional.
New Two Star Trio
Joining the exclusive list of Two Starred restaurants in the Great Britain & Ireland 2021 and bringing the total to 22, were three London restaurants.
Chef Andrew Wong’s A. Wong, 70 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE – Chef Rafael Cagali’s Da Terra, 8 Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF – Tom Sellers’ Story, 199 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX.
Just like the women, when the three men received their new two star awards it was an emotional moment and can also be seen in the awards ceremony broadcast here.
New One Star Entrants
Being awarded a Michelin star for the first time is recognition for the culmination of incredible hard work and creative zeal, and throughout 2020 that needed even more of both than usual, so especially well done to all 17 that made the cut.
Andy Benyon’s Behind, London Fields
Sameer Taneja’s Benares, Mayfair
Adolfo de Cecco’s Casa Fofō, Dalston
Tom Brown’s Cornerstone, Hackney Wick
Daniel Humm’s Davies and Brook, Mayfair
Tom Aikens’ Muse, Belgravia –
Victor Garvey’s SO|LA, Soho
Merlin Labron-Johnson’s Osip, Bruton
Alice Bussi and Allister Barsby’s hide and fox, Saltwood
Ally Thompson and Alex Nietosvuori’s Hjem, Wall
Nathan Outlaw’s Outlaw’s New Road, Port Isaac
Tommy Banks’ Roots, York
Shaun Rankin’s Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall,
Steve Smith’s Latymer at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot
Justin Sharp ‘s Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds
Ahmet Dede’s dede, Baltimore, West Cork
Lorna McNee’s Cail Bruich, Glasgow
No new stars were awarded in Wales
Green Stars 2021
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
Black Swan, Oldstead
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
New Yard, Trelowarren
Oxo Tower Brasserie, Southwark, London
Petersham Nurseries Café, Richmond, London
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster
Silo, Hackney, London
The Dining Room – Whatley Manor, Malmesbury
The Ethicurean, Wrington
The Small Holding, Kilndown
Tredwells, Strand and Covent Garden, London
Where the Light Gets In, Stockport
Republic of Ireland
Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
Henry Robertson – Palé Hall, Llandderfel
In a year of tears and turmoil for the restaurant industry across the UK, the awards were quite literally a shining star that illuminated the monumental culinary achievements of chefs and brigades.
In a year where sustainability is at the top of the world’s agenda it was appropriate that Green Michelin Stars were introduced. We suspect in years to come these will gain equal value to diners and the award recipients.
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