Michelin Stars are the most prestigious restaurant awards in the culinary world.
Forming a key part of the annual Michelin Guide for UK and Ireland, they are given to the eateries which offer the absolute best of the best in terms of food and drink.
The French tyre manufacturer has already handed out its Bib Gourmands awards for the best value for money restaurants - and announced its Special Awards winners on Tuesday (15 February).
So who has won Michelin Stars for 2022 - and what is the background to the awards?
Here’s everything you need to know, including a full list of 2022 winners.
What are Michelin Stars?
Michelin Stars are awards given to the restaurants offering the absolute best in food.
They form the upper echelons of the annual Michelin Guide - a food and drink bible covering the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
Guides have been published by the French tyre manufacturer for more than 100 years and were initially launched to help improve tyre sales by giving people food destinations to travel to in their cars.
As well as the original French version of the Guide, Michelin publishes them for more than 30 countries and territories across the globe, including the USA and Japan.
Michelin Stars were first awarded in 1926, with the hierarchy of one to three stars established five years later.
While one star is awarded for consistently excellent plates of food, two stars are given when inspectors feel the personality and talent of the chef are present in the dishes they serve.
Three Michelin Stars are given to the crème de la crème of establishments who turn their food into an art form and produce dishes the inspectors feel could become classics.
Restaurants in this rarified category include Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
New Stars are awarded every year, while restaurants with existing Stars are reassessed annually by Michelin’s team of anonymous inspectors.
Which restaurants have been awarded Michelin Stars in 2022?
The Michelin Guide for UK and Ireland in 2022 lists 1,285 restaurants and has 194 Michelin Stars.
32 of these Stars are new, with one restaurant achieving three stars, five getting two and 19 eateries gaining their first Stars.
NationalWorld has put together a full list of the new Stars that have been awarded for 2022, starting from the newest entrant to the Three Star club and working downwards.
We have also included the restaurants awarded Green Stars for combining culinary excellence with outstanding environmentally friendly commitments.
New Three Michelin Star restaurant:
- L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria – Chef Simon Rogan
Becoming the eighth Three Michelin Star restaurant in the UK and Ireland, the Lake District’s L’Enclume is celebrating its 20th year in 2022.
It was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2005 and it’s second in 2013.
Michelin praised it for “showcasing the region’s finest ingredients and following a strong sustainable ethos” and also for its “superbly crafted, stimulating” dishes.
L’Enclume also holds a Michelin Green Star.
New Two Michelin Star restaurants:
- Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin – Chef Mickael Viljanen (Brand new addition to the Guide)
- The Clove Club, Shoreditch, London – Chef Isaac McHale (Promoted from One Star)
- Ikoyi, St James’s, London – Chef Jeremy Chan (Promoted from One Star)
- Liath, Blackrock, Dublin – Chef Damien Grey (Promoted from One Star)
- Ynyshir, Machynlleth, Powys – Chef Gareth Ward (Promoted from One Star)
New One Michelin Star restaurants:
- The Barn, Aughton, Lancashire – chef Nathan Cornwell
- Bridge Arms, Bridge, Canterbury – chef Daniel Smith (new to the Guide)
- Dog and Gun Inn, Skelton, Cumbria – chef Ben Queen-Fryer
- Evelyn’s Table, Soho, London – chef Luke Selby (new to the Guide. Also Winner of the Young Chef Award)
- Frog by Adam Handling, Covent Garden, London – chef Adam Handling
- Jamavar, Mayfair, London – chef Surender Mohan
- Kol, Marylebone, London – chef Santiago Lastra (new to the Guide)
- Meadowsweet, Holt, Norfolk – chef Greg Anderson (new to the Guide)
- Pine, East Wallhouses, Northumberland – chef Cal Byerley (new to the Guide. Also awarded a Michelin Green Star)
- Sollip, Southwark, London – chef Woongchul Park
- Trivet, Southwark, London – chef Jonny Lake (also winner of the Sommelier Award)
- Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, Lichfield, Staffordshire – chef Tom Shepherd (new to the Guide)
- Wild Honey St James, St James’s, London – chef Anthony Demetre
- The Glenturret Lalique, Crieff, Perthshire – chef Mark Donald (new to the Guide)
- Unalome by Graeme Cheevers, Glasgow – chef Graeme Cheevers (new to the Guide)
- Home, Penarth, Cardiff – chef James Sommerin (new to the Guide)
- SY23, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion – chef Nathan Davies (new to the Guide. Also Winner of the Opening of the Year Award)
- Bastible, Dublin – Barry Fitzgerald
- Glovers Alley, Dublin – chef Andy McFadden
New Michelin Green Star restaurants:
- CHAPTERS, Hay-on-Wye, Powys - chef Mark McHugo (new to the Guide)
- Marle, Heckfield, Hampshire - chef Michael Chapman
- Moor Hall, Aughton, Lancashire - chef Mark Birchall (Also holds Two Michelin Stars)
- Oak, Bath, Somerset - chef Pete Ellis
- Pensons, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire - chef Chris Simpson (Also holds One Michelin Star
- Pine, East Wallhouses, Northumberland - chef Cal Byerley (see new One Star above)
- Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth, Dorset - chef Jesse Wells (new to the Guide)
- Tillingham, Peasmarsh, East Sussex - chef Tom Ryalls (new to the Guide)
- Wilsons, Bristol - chef Jan Ostle
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