Roux Scholars and judges are celebrating after the Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2019 saw a number of them awarded new stars, with others retaining theirs.
Mark Birchall, Roux Scholar 2011, was delighted that Moor Hall Restaurant in Lancashire received a second star just a year after receiving the first. The restaurant opened in March 2017. Mark said: “I’m so proud of all the team who make Moor Hall so special.”
Meanwhile, our judge Clare Smyth continues her sweeping success, having received two stars for Core, just a year after opening. She said: “To receive two stars in our first year is an incredible feeling and we are really delighted!” This year has also seen Clare collect several other awards, read more here.
In the one-star category, there was success for Steve Drake’s restaurant Sorrel in Dorking, Surrey, which opened less than a year before. It is the third time Steve has held a star; his previous restaurants Drakes in Ripley and Drakes on the Pond held stars before he left to open Sorrel. Steve said: “This is my third one star to be awarded to me and most definitely the one that means the most. I say me, as the first two where awarded when I was on my own in the kitchens, since then I’ve learnt the value of having an amazing team around me and to share this with them all is very special.”
When asked whether these accolades help inspire young chefs, he added: “Most definitely. Michelin is a recognition of our craft, artistry but also commitment to our food and its integrity.”
Meanwhile, Ollie Dabbous’ restaurant Hide in Mayfair, saw two Roux Scholars celebrating. The restaurant received one Michelin star, having opened just six months before and it is where both Roux Scholar 2017 Luke Selby and Roux Scholar 2018 Martin Carabott work.
Simon Rogan’s teams in both Cartmel and London were celebrating: Roux Scholar 2014 Tom Barnes is head chef at Rogan & Co, which gained its first star, while Roganic in London also gained its first star, just ten months after opening – the Head Chef is Ollie Marlow who was a finalist in the 2018 Roux Scholarship. Roux Scholar 2016 Harry Guy played a part in the success, as Operations Director for Simon Rogan Restaurants. L’Enclume, which had two finalists in the 2018 competition, retained its two stars.
Roux Scholarship judge Angela Hartnett retained one at Murano.