London 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants: Make a Reservation for Excellence

London 2017 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

London is a top destination for dining, and we are pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide London 2017. Sixty-six London restaurants are included, with two restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and nine achieving two Michelin stars. Fifty-five restaurants earned one Michelin star. Several are new to the list, including The Ritz and Veeraswamy, who together have been in business for more than two centuries(!).

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., 2017 MICHELIN Guides are forthcoming for Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to all the London Michelin-starred restaurants on OpenTable, including:

Three Stars:

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

Two Stars:

Dinner by Heston BlumenthalThe Greenhouse, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, The LedburyMarcusSketch Lecture Room & Library, and Umu.Continue Reading

Authentic Cuisine; Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Cast; Nordic Food Is Cool; In-Pool Dining and Brunch Are Hot; You Can Leave Your Hat on (Sometimes)

Farmer Ted didn't have $5,000. Or a table at Restaurant Wars. But, he still got the girl and, I assume, straight teeth.

* Do you have five grand? I don’t have five grand! Neither did Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles. Or anyone else, apparently. The table being auctioned off for charity for Top Chef Restaurant Wars didn’t receive a single bid. [Eater]

* There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. And, in between the doors of perception, are the doors of restaurants. [The Atlantic]

* Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. But, what exactly is the real thing, when it comes to authentic food? [DCentric]

* Stereotypes are bad. Please don’t invoke them when reviewing restaurants. Or any other time. Thank you. [Accidental Hedonist]

* IKEA had it right all along. People like Nordic food. Quick question…are hot dogs Nordic? ‘Cause IKEA serves pretty yummy hot dogs and they’re only, like, a DOLLAR! [WSJ]

* It’s getting hot in herre. But, please, no matter what Nelly says, don’t take off your all clothes. Instead, head to one of the world’s hottest spots for al fresco dining. [BlackBook]

* Speaking of things that are hot. Brunch is. [ChicagoMag]

* Foodies, get your feet wet. Literally, with in-pool, luxury dining. []

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Chef Watch: Michael Voltaggio Cooks and Tells; New York Post Has a Beef with Alain Ducasse; Norman Van Aken Opens His Recipe Book; The World’s Most Influential Chef; Charlie Trotter’s New Hire, and More

Chefs making food and headlines…

•    Michael Voltaggaio, winner of season 6 of “Top Chef” shows football fans how to have a very molecular gastronomic Super Bowl party. Does that mean deconstructed nachos? [Los Angeles Times]

•    Speaking of Chef Voltaggio, who is chef de cuisine at The Dining Room at The Langham, he answers questions about his post-TC life. [Orange County Register]

•    Jose Garces, whose Philadelphia restaurant empire includes Amada, Chifa, Distrito, and Tinto, reveals what’s inspiring him lately. [The Daily Beast]

•    Charlie Trotter hires visually impaired chef Laura Martinez to join his kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s. [Grub Street Chicago]

•    If Chicago’s Graham Elliot Bowles’s food at Graham Elliot were an album, it would be Feed the Animals by Girl Talk. At least this week, anyway. [Time Out Chicago]

•    Meet the U.K’s own Fergus Henderson of St. John restaurant in London. He’s also the world’s most influential chef. No, really. [Men’s Health]

•    Chef Norman Van Aken shares some of his signature recipes from Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, but it’s probably just easier to go ahead and let him make them for us at his eponymous restaurant. [The Daily Beast]

•    Thomas Keller (Ad Hoc, Bouchon, Bouchon – Beverly Hills, The French Laundry, Per Se) loses his right-hand man. As long as it’s not his right hand. [San Francisco Chronicle]

•    Restaurant critic Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post has a bone to pick with Alain Ducasse (Adour Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis New York, Benoit New York) over his recent comments about the New York restaurant scene. Call me a coward, but it’s probably not all that wise to start a beef with anyone who wields knives for a living. [New York Post]

Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week Starts Monday

DC-Restaurant-Week-Winter-2010Washington, D.C. Winter Restaurant Week begins Monday, January 11, 2010, and runs until the 17th. Presented by Destination DC and the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, diners can take advantage of $20.10 three-course lunches and $35.10 for three-course dinners.

In its 16th year, participating restaurants include Alain Ducasse’s Adour at the St. Regis, The Palm, Sam & Harry’s, VOLT (owned by “Top Chef” contestant Bryan Voltaggio), Zaytinya, and many, many more.

This and other restaurant weeks are terrific opportunities to try out new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Tables fill up fast, so book your free reservations today for this year’s Washington, D.C. Winter Restaurant Week today!