Michelin Guide 2020: chefs react to new stars

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Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2020 chefs react to new stars

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A record number of new restaurants were awarded stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2020, which was announced yesterday.

Chefs and restaurant teams have been celebrating their success,​ and we've rounded up some of the responses.

The Greenhouse

There were two stars for the Dublin restaurant, with Michelin praising its 'flair' and dishes with 'plenty of personality'. Chef Mickael Viljanen literally swept Raymond Blanc, who was helping to present the awards, off his feet when the win was announced [see above]. The restaurant took to Twitter afterwards, writing: "[Big] thanks to our guests & our brilliant team both past & present who helped us make this happen - we love you all! This will not make us rest & next year we will continue to push on!"


One of several other Irish stars went to Aimsir in Kildare, which made its guide debut with two stars only four and a half months after opening. Chef Jordan Bailey, who previously led the kitchen at Maaemo in Oslo, wrote on Twitter: "Wow, Wow, wow !!! 4 1/2 months! Still speechless and very emotional. We did it team ❤️ We did it Ireland"

La Dame de Pic

Lauded French chef Anne-Sophie Pic won a second star for her restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel in London's Ten Trinity Square. Pic says: "To be awarded a second star only two years after opening is a huge honour and I'm incredibly proud of my whole team at La Dame de Pic London.” 


Chef Lee Westcott's Pensons won a star just eight months after its launch on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border. Westcott says: “I’m immensely proud of the entire team at Pensons, whose hard work has made this possible, and who took a chance on a new opening in the heart of the countryside. We’re also so grateful to the local community who have been so welcoming to us, and would like to thank the excellent suppliers, artisans and craftspeople we work with who help to bring the project to life.”


Manchester was awarded its first star in four decades, following years of talk around the city’s conspicuous absence from the red book. Former Noma chef Simon Martin opened Mana in October last year and won praise from the guide for his ‘nods to modern Nordic cuisine’.


This year’s only new three-star restaurant was Sketch in London’s Mayfair, which has held two stars since 2013. 


Chef Aktar Islam's Opheem in Birmingham became the first Indian restaurant outside of London to win a Michelin star. The city now has five starred restaurants in the guide, the highest number of entries outside London. 

There were also celebrations from restaurants that retained their long-standing stars.

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie

In Scotland Restaurant Andrew Fairlie held on to its two stars for a 13th year, with Michelin commenting that the team continue to 'honour the memory' of the site's eponymous founder, who passed away in January. Dale Dewsbury, general manager, says: “It has undoubtedly been a sad year for us, but our enthusiasm, determination and standards remain higher than ever, and we’re thrilled - as Andrew would be - that this is being celebrated.”  

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Gordon Ramsay Group

To see the full list of new star winners  for 2020 click here.

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