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London: Michelin’s Star Chefs Celebrate Centenary


The Michelin guide Great Britain & Ireland this week celebrates its 100th anniversary.
 
To mark the historic event Michelin has, for the first time in its history, gathered more than 100 of the UK & Ireland’s starred chefs at the iconic Michelin House, Fulham Road.
 
Chefs from restaurants including The Fat Duck, Gordon Ramsey, Umu, Maize and Rhodes Twenty Four were invited to a VIP reception and helped celebrate 100 years of its presence in the UK.
 
The Oyster Bar, in Michelin House, played host to the event. This London landmark, which officially opened its doors on 20 January 1911, also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
 
Derek Bulmer, former Editor of the guide who was in attendance said: “It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate 100 years of the Michelin guide with all the chefs who have hugely influenced British cuisine.
 
“It’s a great honour to be in the company of so many talented individuals. During my time as the Editor of the Michelin guide I’ve had the pleasure of dining at some of the most fantastic restaurants in the UK and Ireland and am always excited by the passion these chefs show. This year more than ever highlighted the exciting future of dining in the UK, and I’m sure we can look forward to seeing a new breed of talent come through in the future.”
 
Established in 1911, the first Michelin guide gave a detailed list of hotels in the Great Britain and was distributed through all Michelin tyre dealers. It was in 1925 that the first restaurants were included and classified using stars, but these only referred to comfort levels and had no gastronomic relevance.
The stars, indicating the quality of food, first made an appearance in the 1974 guide. It took four years of work to create the guide that contained 2,330 hotels, 331 guesthouses and 981 restaurants located in more than 1,400 towns and villages throughout the UK and Ireland.
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