From one kind of judging to another, September also saw the Michelin Guide for 2016 leaked a day early to much excitement within the industry. While it was disappointing our predictions weren't quite on the money, we were delighted to see Shay Cooper awarded a star. Our list of Michelin results lists details of every single starred restaurant, while an interview with Derek Bulmer gave fascinating insight into the life of a Michelin inspector.
Even the best have got to start somewhere, and we discovered that Le Manoir is the place for many of them – known by many as the finishing school for chefs. We also took a closer look at the best culinary schools in the UK for professional qualifications, and spoke to consultant Daniel Fletcher about how chefs go about designing desserts.
Michelin excitement aside, we were happy to welcome new chefs Matt Worswick and José Pizarro onto the site. Worswick, who heads up the kitchen at The Lawns in Wirral, shared some of his glorious, vibrant recipes, including Foie gras parfait, Seared sea bass with heritage carrots and Chocolate aero with salted caramel. Authentic Croquetas caseras, Octopus with baby potatoes and the stunning Canarian style baked vegetables are among the delicious recipes from Pizarro, a known master of traditional tapas whose eponymous restaurant recently opened at Liverpool Street's new foodie haven Broadgate Circle.