The food world is all aflutter today after the Michelin Guide accidentally released the results of its 2013 guide ahead of schedule.
(Alimentum, Cambridge, receives its first Michelin star)
According to the leak, Great British Menu favourite, Paul Ainsworth
, has won his first star - and not before time. Mark Poynton has also won a first star for his Cambridge restaurant, Alimentum.
In London, Tom Aikens
, who last year lost a star due to a period of refurbishment, has quickly snatched one back. There were also first stars in the capital for Dabbous, Hakkasan, Trishna, St John Hotel, Hedone, Launceston Place, Alyn Williams at the Westbury and Medlar. Greg Malouf
has retained a star for Petersham Nurseries after taking over from Skye Gyngell earlier this year.
Further afield, The Hinds Head, Bray, was rewarded for its blend of rustic pub fayre and contemporary innovation, bringing another star to Bray and its owner Heston Blumenthal – Kevin Love is the chef there.
Most predictable of all was a second star for Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume
, a restaurant recently awarded 10/10 by rival publication The Good Food Guide – see some of Simon Rogan’s recipes here
if you want to see what the fuss is about. Culinary wizard Michael Wignall of The Latymer and Pierre Gagnaire of Sketch have also been garlanded with a second star.
(L'Enclume, Cumbria, winner of a second Michelin star)
Coworth Park, Zafferano and Gauthier Soho are the only restaurants so far rumoured to have lost their stars, many others will be holding their breath.
Updates will be added to this page as and when we receive further news. See the full list of Michelin starred restaurants here
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Finally Michelin released the official PDF at about 16:30 yesterday.
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28 September 2012