By Matthew Taylor
Gordon Ramsay added two Michelin stars to his burgeoning empire yesterday as a record number of restaurants in the UK and Ireland were included in the industry's gold-standard guide.
The awards, widely regarded as the ultimate culinary accolade, are given to 15 new restaurants in this year's guide, bringing the total in the UK and Ireland to 122.
Among those are Ramsay's Petrus restaurant, which was given a second star, and La Noisette which was added to the list for the first time.
In the Channel Islands Guernsey boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant for only the second time and Jersey gained a second single-star restaurant.
This year's guide editor, Derek Bulmer, said: "More and more chefs are opening in London, so there are more listed than ever. The Channel Islands have also done well."
Single Michelin stars were awarded to 13 new establishments. Twelve restaurants were stripped of their single awards. The Waterside Inn and the Fat Duck, both in Bray, Berkshire, and Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea held on to their positions as the UK's only holders of three Michelin stars.
The Vineyard at Stockcross near Newbury, Berkshire, identified by Michelin as a "rising star" last year, has now been awarded two-star status.
The new single star additions in this year's guide are: La Noisette, Chelsea; Benares, Mayfair; Arbutus, Soho; L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Strand & Covent Garden; Seaham Hall, Seaham, Durham; The Abbey, Penzance; The Harrow, Marlborough: Atlantic, Jersey; Christophe, Guernsey; Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire; The Kitchin, Edinburgh; The Crown at Whitebook, Monmouth; Chapter One, Dublin.