Michelin Guide 2016

Michelin Guide 2016: predictions

by Great British Chefs 15 September 2015

With the release of 2016’s Michelin Guide fast approaching, speculation is rife among the foodie community. We’ve digested all the gastronomical gossiping we can to put together a list of predictions for the upcoming list.

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The Michelin Guide was leaked a day early, and the results were released on the 16th September 2015. View the full list of Michelin star winners.

The French (Simon Rogan) could be set to give Manchester a Michelin star again after many years (the hotel restaurant did, in fact, possess a star in the 1970s), while Artichoke (Laurie Gear) is a promising bet, a coup for the chef once described by Michelin as a ‘rising star’. As one of the Good Food Guide’s Top 50 restaurants, Freemasons of Wiswell (Steven Smith) is hotly tipped by everyone in the know, while similarly Restaurant James Sommerin (James Sommerin), also in the Top 50 and with an impressive score of 7 in the guide, would be a worthy recipient. Twenty Six (Scott Goss) and Spring (Skye Gyngell) are both attracting a lot of interest, along with popular South London eatery Trinity (Adam Byatt). In the spirit of upholding culinary traditions, Typing Room (Lee Westcott), the superb successor to Nuno Mendes’ Michelin-starred Viajante in the Town Hall Hotel, is another favourite for a first star.

Will any restaurants be making the small but infinitely significant leap from one star to two this year? Last year there were no new two or three Michelin starred restaurants, but we think this year there might just be some contenders. There has been plenty of intrigue surrounding Araki (Mitsuhiro Araki), the Japanese restaurant that held three Michelin stars in Tokyo before transferring to London last year, and whether the restaurant will be awarded a single star or jump up the list with two. Long-standing fans of Restaurant Martin Wishart (Martin Wishart) in Leith, Edinburgh have been calling for a much-deserved second star for some years now - could 2016 be the year?

With the Fat Duck still closed for refurbishment and not due to reopen until October, there will be a Heston-shaped hole in the coveted three star category. This hole could, however, be filled by L’Enclume (Simon Rogan), the ceaselessly innovative restaurant in Cartmel which has held two Michelin stars since 2012. L’Enclume is not the only two star restaurant attracting speculation; could this also be the year The Ledbury (Brett Graham) secures a third star?

Of course, these are only predictions and we won't know for sure until the results are released on Thursday 17th September. Like nervous chefs and restaurateurs up and down the country, we'll be up at the crack of dawn ready to analyse the results. Were we right? Will there be any surprise outsiders? We'll have the full list of results here on Great British Chefs as soon as they are released.