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Michelin website reveals new 2013 Michelin Stars

By dave at 10:01 on 27/09/2012

Michelin webite screenshot of L'Enclume showing two Michelin starsThe Michelin website has been updated overnight apparently revealing that new Michelin Stars have been awarded. There has been no press release, or official confirmation of the awards as yet.

It appears to be a technical error which resulted in the information leaking out early, however it could also be a PR stunt designed to divert attention away from this week’s AA rosette awards. The 2013 Michelin Guide is due for publication next week on 5th October with an announcement expected the day before.

Regardless of whether or not this information was intended for publication today or not, it is hard to imagine why Michelin would have put this information onto their site were it not correct. Various chefs have also reported on twitter that their awards have been confirmed, so it seems safe to view this information as accurate for now.

So far it appears that L’Enclume in Cartmel and Sketch in London – both of which have held a single star since 2005 have been awarded a second star, as has Michael Wignall at the Latymer in Bagshot.

Several London restaurants also appear to have received a single Michelin Star including Dabbous, Medlar in Chelsea, Hedone, Alyn Williams at the Westbury, Trishna and Tom Aikens Restaurant. Also receiving one Michelin Star are Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s St. John Hotel and Launceston Place.

Outside the capital, Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow receives their first as does Heston Blumenthal’s pub, The Hinds Head, Tristan in Horsham and Mark Poynton’s Cambridge restaurant Alimentum. Thackeray’s Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells is also reported to have regained a star, having previously held one between 2003 and 2005.

Michelin are expected to make a statement later today.

Update 09:40: Michelin have confirmed that the information showing on the site is correct; however they state that it may be incomplete and further awards may follow.

Update 10:40: Michelin seem to have reverted the mistake on their website and removed the new information.

Update: 16:45: Michelin has issued the a press release confirming the above two star awards and stating that a total of eighteen restaurants in the UK and Ireland have been newly awarded one Michelin Star in this year’s guide. Further to our story above this reveals that the Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury and Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, Darlington are also recipients this year. 39 new Bib Gourmands have also been awarded this year, including 11 in London.

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  • Comment by Erin

    Left at 12:25 on 27/09/2012

    I think it is unlikely to be a mistake, sounds more like a publicity stunt to build hype for the book release next week. If any of these “leaked” results turn out to be untrue it could be very embarrassing for Michelin and upsetting for the restaurants involved.

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