London Poised to Beat Paris as Foodie Haven: Michelin Boss

City now home to 60 restaurants with Michelin stars
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2012 8:07 AM CDT
London Poised to Beat Paris as Foodie Haven: Michelin Boss
London is working its way up in the world of fine dining.   (Shutterstock)

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." (Read more London stories.)

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