The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019 is here and so was Gordon Ramsay to congratulate his former leading chef Clare Smyth, as her restaurant was one of three in the United Kingdom to gain a position on the list with two stars.
Clare Smyth opened Core to widespread acclaim in 2017, however, she missed the deadline for the inclusion in the 2018 guide; ultimately skipping out on the most common route of initially winning a single star. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, in London; and Moor Hall, a restaurant with rooms in the countryside of northern Lancashire, also gained two stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019.
The stars were announced in London on October 1 during a ceremony consisting of 150 chefs from the U.K. and oversees. This particular event is the highlight of the United Kingdom culinary calendar and even included 21 new one-star establishments, Bloomberg reports. Although there wasn’t a single new restaurant that won the top three stars, there was widespread speculation in advance that Smyth might achieve the three-star status.
Clare Smyth was the only female chef in the U.K. with three Michelin stars when she ran Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London. Fun fact: she even catered the royal wedding this year and was with Ramsay for more than 13 years.
At Core, located in Notting Hill, Smyth dispensed with tablecloths and stiff service and created unfussy dishes, including her signature Potato and Roe. Other dishes included are Isle of Mull scallop tartare with sea vegetable consommé; and pear and verbena, with poire Williams sorbet.
Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs earned two-stars, which was an unexpected and popular award. James Knappett and Sandia Chang are a married pair, in which chef Knappett creates gourmet dishes in the small dining room hidden behind a casual restaurant, while Chang serves hot dogs and Champagne, along with sides such as tater tots.
Chef Mark Birchall, a protege of chef Simon Rogan, became the third winner of two stars. He was awarded a single a star last year after opening Moor Hall. He’s a creative chef, known for dishes including grilled langoustine with smoked marrow and green tomato.
Unfortunately, another Ramsay protégé, chef Marcus Wareing, lost his second star for Marcus restaurant at the Berkeley hotel, which bumped his restaurant to one star. Other new one-star winners in London include: Brat, Leroy, Hide, Sabor, Roganic and Ikoyi. Outlaw’s at the Capital, Ametsa, Jamavar and Lima Fitzrovia.
Three stars are given for “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey,” Michelin says. “Our highest award is given for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession.” Two stars represent “excellent cooking, worth a detour.” One star is for “high-quality cooking, worth a stop.”