The Michelin Guide 2015 has – as ever – been released to much fanfare, but many are disappointed at the lack of movement on the list.
There are just 14 new one star winners in total – with no new winners at all in the two or three star categories.
This brings the total number of Michelin starred restaurants in Wales up to 5, and shows that whilst the top 3 starred chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Alain Roux, have held on to their status and are still in the exclusive club of just 4 UK restaurants with 3 stars, others have not been as successful this time.
There have been 14 restaurants that have not been awarded a star at all this time, which include Nobu – who have held a star for 16 years and Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere, Cumbria, which had held its star since 2000.
It will also no doubt be bittersweet for top chef Simon Rogan to have gained a well earned star for Fera, and to have kept his two star rating for L’Enclume in Cumbria, yet there is still no award for The French in Manchester. He has spent two years trying to gain a coveted star back for a restaurant that was famously the last Manchester city centre restaurant to hold a star back when the UK guide was first started in 1974! Will it be third time lucky next year?
However, there is a lot of new talented chefs coming through the ranks thanks to training from top chefs and programmes like Masterchef The Professionals, and whilst the quality and experience of eating out still remains as popular as ever, there is plenty of opportunity to impress and ensure the highest levels of dining are consistently met.
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