An infographic guide to Michelin 2016

An infographic guide to Michelin 2016

by Great British Chefs 16 September 2015

An infographic guide to the 2016 Michelin Guide results. View the restaurants with new Michelin stars as they sit across the UK, and discover which chefs have the most Michelin stars.

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It’s the time when chefs up and down the country spend many a sleepless night waiting for the release the Michelin Guide. For those of us not in the industry, it can be quite overwhelming too. With all of the additions, deletions, rises and falls, it’s hard to know where to look for a simple summary. Help is at hand, we’ve waded through the Michelin 2016 results to bring you the essential (and perhaps not-so-essential) facts and figures in a handy infographic form.

Let’s start with a definition of what those stars mean. Going back to Michelin’s travel roots, the guide was set up in 1900 to encourage the public to drive more. It was a guide to help culinary curiosity and exploration. Very simply put, those restaurants awarded three stars have exceptional cuisine and are 'worth a special journey.' Restaurants with two stars were 'worth a detour' and those with one star had 'high quality cooking, worth a stop.' Much is hidden behind those quaint definitions but if you’re looking for more insider knowledge take a look at our interview with Derek Bulmer, former Michelin Guide inspector and editor.

Breakdown by nation

Taking a look at how Michelin stars are spread across the UK and Ireland, it’s no surprise that with the largest population, England leads the way in numbers of stars. London holds a greater number of Michelin stars than the rest of Britain and Ireland combined.

For the first time, we see two Michelin stars in Northern Ireland.

New stars

Once again, no new three-Michelin-starred restaurants this year, but some very notable new stars for Michael O’Hare (The Man Behind the Curtain), Shay Cooper (The Goring), George Blogg (Gravetye Manor) and Mitsuhiro Araki (Araki).

Chefs with most Michelin Stars

Do you know which UK chefs hold the most Michelin stars? We took a look at the restaurant 'empires' of some chefs and came up with a possibly surprising leaderboard.

Gender divide

We’re all aware that female head chefs are in the minority, but do you know by how much?

The exact number of women with Michelin stars is a little tricky to calculate, mainly because some kitchens have more than one head chef. But here are the names on our list: Lisa Allen (Northcote), Frances Atkins (The Yorke Arms), Dannielle Berry (E|I|P|I|C at Deanes), Helene Darroze (Helene Darroze at The Connaught), Clare Smyth (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay), Angela Hartnett (Murano), Rachel Humphrey (Le Gavroche), Ruth Rodgers (River Café). Feel free to correct us if we've left someone out!

Michelin-starred chefs on Twitter and Instagram

Finally, some social stats. Chefs are increasingly using social media to engage the foodie public and keep them up to date with their activities. UK chefs have been quick to embrace Twitter to share menus, recipes and new arrivals of ingredients. Now Instagram is proving to be a great way to share dishes too. We have picked out some of the most active chefs on Twitter and Instagram and compared their numbers of followers.