Looks like London's not just meat and potatoes anymore. After 16 British restaurants got their first Michelin star yesterday and three their second, the city is rivaling Paris as a destination for fine dining. In total, London boasts 60 starred restaurants; four of those have three stars and eight have two. Paris is still ahead, with 77 starred restaurants; 10 have three stars while 17 have two stars. But "it is realistic: In future London could overtake New York and Paris," says the editor of the Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland. (The UK ratings are out in advance of the Oct. 4 official release of the new guide, notes Bloomberg.)
"London is the place to be. A lot of the top chefs want to set up here," adds editor Rebecca Burr. Indeed, the Telegraph cites the story of a Michelin star-winning Swedish chef who established a French restaurant in London. "In Paris, there are so many constraints that (opening a restaurant) would never really have happened," says Mikael Jonsson. Meanwhile, "you have seen a gastronomic revolution in England. I love Paris, but London is also a fantastic restaurant venue because it's extremely dynamic with a highly multi-cultural population."