Michelin upgraded two restaurants to two-star status in its upcoming 2014 Britain and Ireland dining guide: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and the Greenhouse, both in London.
There are 15 new one-star establishments, including Ametsa, Angler, Bo London, Brasserie Chavot, HKK, Lima, Outlaw's at the Capital, Social Eating House and Story, all in London. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon loses its second star.
"London, in particular, has never offered so much choice," Rebecca Burr, the guide's editor, said Thursday. "With cuisines and culinary influences from all parts of the globe, it's no surprise that the capital is one of the most exciting cities in the world for food."
Michelin stars are valued highly by chefs and the likely awards are discussed in kitchens across Britain before publication. Speculation this year centred on hopes for more three-star restaurants. There are only four in Britain.
Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.
Other one-star winners include the Samling, Ambleside; Adam's, Birmingham; Wilks, Bristol; Ormer by Shaun Rankin, St. Helier; Campagne, Kilkenny; Lady Helen, Thomastown.
In London, new winners of a Bib Gourmand for value dining include A Wong, Del Mercato, Green Man & French Horn, Gail's Kitchen, Grain Store, Honey & Co and Polpo Smithfield.
Britain now has a total of 167 stars. Four restaurants hold three, 21 hold two and 142 have been awarded one. The British guide is the first of the current series. Currently, the totals are: France, 596; Japan 595; Italy 307, Germany 255.
Of three-star establishments, there are 28 in Japan, 27 in France, 10 in the US and Germany, seven in Spain & Portugal and in Italy, and five in Hong Kong and Macau.
Joel Robuchon is the chef with most stars with 21, even after dropping one Thursday. Fellow Frenchman Alain Ducasse is second, with 18. Gordon Ramsay has 10, Pierre Gagnaire has eight and Thomas Keller seven. (Michelin doesn't credit Gagnaire with the two held by Sketch, in London, where he devises the menu.)
Michelin & Cie, Europe's largest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900, intended for chauffeurs, with practical information including street maps and tips on repairing tires.
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