Following the latest Michelin announcements earlier this month, a record amount of new stars were awarded in the 2020 Michelin guide; seeing 1 new three-star restaurant, 4 new two-stars and 3 new one-stars in Britain, including 3 new stars in the Lake District and Manchester’s first star in over 40 years!
Success for some however, can always mean disappointment for others. So, we’ve taken a look at some of this year’s omissions.
Michelin Guide criteria
The criteria for Michelin stars consists of ‘quality of the ingredients used, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in their cuisine, value for money and consistency between visits’, meaning they are awarded solely for the gastronomical quality of what appears on the plate.
Michelin have not yet provided full reasoning for all the deletions, however some were predicted in advance of the announcement.
The Araki, Mayfair, London
Formerly 1 of just 3 three-michelin-starred restaurants, The Araki comes as the most shocking of announcements, as all 3 of its stars were omitted from the Michelin guide. This follows the departure of founder Mitsuhiro Araki. After the Japanese Sushi Master returned to his homeland, the establishment was left in the hands of his protégé, the British-Chinese Marty Lau.
Lau offered a humbled, understanding response to the announcement, stating:
“We believed it placed Michelin in a difficult position to make a decision on how to score The Araki, as the master was here during half of the inspection period for 2020’s guide.
“It’s their guide, and we’re in total respect of how they want to do it. I’m taking it on the chin and getting on with proving myself.
“Lots of chefs are devastated when they lose stars, but you’ll get nowhere with that attitude. You have to dust yourself off and try again.
“As important as Michelin is, we will always put the guests who come to The Araki above all else. At the end of the day, they will be the ones to judge us and decide our fate.
“What we hope the public understands that Master Araki has left the sushi-ya to the team that has followed him since the beginning. He is resolute in taking this situation as a great opportunity for us to earn our own accolades in our own light and not in his shadow.”
Other esteemed establishments to lose stars throughout Britain include:
Benares, Mayfair, London
The Indian restaurant & bar lost its 1 star.
Bonhams, Mayfair, London
The Bond Street restaurant closed down last December after just three years and 1 star.
Fera at Claridge’s, Mayfair, London
The historic hotel closed its restaurant last New Year’s Eve after four and a half years and 1 star.
Galvin at Windows, Mayfair, London
The rooftop French restaurant lost its 1 star.
Yauatcha, Soho, London
The contemporary Chinese restaurant lost its 1 star.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Covent Garden, London
After the passing of Joël Robuchon (recipient of 32 Michelin stars across 13 countries, the most of any chef in the world) in August of last year, the French restaurant closed down in April after holding 1 star since 2007. There are plans for the restaurant to reopen in Mayfair later this year.
Hedone, Chiswick, London
After holding 1 star since 2012, the Modern Euro restaurant closed down in June of this year.
Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Baslow, Derbyshire
The boutique country house hotel and restaurant lost its 1 star.
The West House, Biddenden, Ashford, Kent
The modern English restaurant lost its 1 star.
Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon
The luxury country house hotel and restaurant lost its 1 star.
The Yorke Arms, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate
Frances Atkins’ creative restaurant lost its 1 star.
Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall
The boutique coastal hotel and restaurant lost its 1 star.
Samphire, St Helier, Jersey
Jersey’s contemporary restaurant lost its 1 star.
Paul Kitching’s 21212 lost its 1 star held since 2010.
Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo, Denbighshire
Wales’ hotel and restaurant lost its 1 star.
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