Fifteen London restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars in the 2014 edition of the Michelin Guide. As reported on db.com, Lima in Fitzrovia has made history by becoming the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to wine a Michelin star. A collaboration between Venezuelan brothers, Gabriel and José Luis Gonzalez, and celebrated Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, Lima London opened last July offering a broad spectrum of Peruvian cuisine including wild produce from the Andes and the Amazon.
“I am so proud of our team who work to exceptional standards at every service, and feel this is a testament to all of our hard work over the past year. To be the first Peruvian restaurant to achieve a star in UK and Europe is a huge accolade,” said Gabriel Gonzalez. Jason Atherton’s Soho bistro Social Eating House also scooped a star, just five months after opening.
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Matching sister restaurant Pollen Street Social’s one star, head chef Paul Hood, who was cherry picked by Atherton to head up the restaurant, which pays homage to the best of British cooking with international influences, said: “A Michelin star is an incredible accomplishment. I am so proud of my team who have worked so hard over the last five months to achieve this.”
Also honoured this year was Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, which opened in March at The Halkin hotel. Ametsa is the London outpost of three Michelin-starred San Sebastian restaurant Arzak, run by father-daughter duo Juan Mari and Elena Arzak. Another London outpost for an international chef – Alvin Leung’s Bo London in Mayfair, was also awarded a star for Leung’s signature brand of “X-treme Chinese cuisine” given an English twist in dishes such as Bed & Breakfast.
Celebrated French chef Eric Chavot received a star at Brasserie Chavot in Mayfair, as did one-to-watch Tom Sellers at Story in London Bridge, which offers the likes of Three Bears Porridge and beef dripping candles. Meanwhile, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge and The Greenhouse in Mayfair were both honoured with a second star, while L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden lost its second star, though with 21 stars, Robuchon remains the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world.