Gordon Ramsay at Claridges has lost its Michelin star.
The news came as the guide released its 2010 awards earlier than expected this afternoon, following a reported leak.
The loss of a Michelin star for his Claridges restaurant will prove another blow for Gordon Ramsay in what has been a turbulent year, though the celebrity chef retains three stars at his eponymous Royal Hospital Road restaurant.
The main winners this year are Alain Ducasse whose elevation to three stars at the Dorchester will fuel the debate surrounding the pro-French bias of the guide.
Up and coming talent Brett Graham gains two stars for The Ledbury and a star for The Harwood Arms, the pub he co-owns in Fulham.
But the guide will be a disappointment for Tom Aikens who has been nominated as a ‘rising’ two stars for the past two years but fails to make the grade. The Capital and The Vineyard at Stockcross also lose their second star.
The man to watch this year is a comparative unknown, Simon Radley of the Chester Grosvenor who wins the rather confusing ‘rising two stars’ classification which is awarded for consistency.
New one stars include Shaun Hill of the Walnut Tree, previously recognised by Michelin for his cooking at Gidleigh Park and The Merchant House.
He is joined by two other Welsh restaurants, Tyddyn Llan in Llandrillo and Ynyshir Hall in Machynlleth, Powys
In London Chris Galvin gains a star for Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton, as do Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset for their wine-centred West End restaurant Texture and Alfred Prasad at Tamarind, adding to London’s reputation as a destination for top-end Indian cuisine.
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Written by Fiona Beckett