Since awarding its very first Star in 1926, the Michelin Guide has become a make-or-break publication for budding chefs seeking to attract customers from all over the world.
Eighty years on and a new generation of culinary connoisseurs has been unveiled in the Michelin Guide 2016 - officially published today. There were 16 newcomers, including Japanese fine dining restaurant Araki in Mayfair, London, which has gone straight into the culinary charts with two Stars.
Other notable wins include Leeds’ eccentric gourmet chef Michael O’Hare of The Man Behind the Curtain – bringing the city its first win since 2006 - and Eipic and OX in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the city’s first Michelin Starred restaurants since 2011.
According to the Guide, Two Star eateries are ‘worth a detour’ and One Star's ‘worth a stop’ so we’ve compiled a map of the newcomers for 2016 places to help you explore the next time you're out.
So the next time you’re out on the road and are looking to try somewhere new, the Hertz handy guide to the newest Michelin Starred restaurants is worth a look.
Mayfair is home to a 2016 Two-Star debut. With Mitsuhiro Araki’s London venture having only opened in early 2015, the master sushi chef has really impressed in his new home.
Typically Shoreditch, Lyle’s has an edge over the competition by inviting chefs from around the world to take part in its Guest Series.
New head chef Tom Kemble has boosted the fortunes of one of the world’s best-known auction brands by overseeing the adjoining restaurant’s transition onto this elite list.
Michelin-Starred man Merlin Labron-Johnson has led the Portland from indie status right into the major labels since taking on this small but perfectly formed place.
The Goring has been a regular haunt of the Royal Family since opening more than a century ago. Now with the addition of a Michelin Star, this fine eatery deserves its own royal treatment.
A fifth bastion of Birmingham has been found in the form of this family-run restaurant. Head chef Brad Carter learned the ropes at home in Birmingham alongside long spells in France and Spain.
In creating culinary delights within this historic home, head chef George Blogg has returned Gravetye Manor to the Michelin Star ranks where critics have said it rightfully belongs.
Perhaps a nod to the cult of celebrity chefs, Michael O’Hare named his newly-awarded Michelin-Starred restaurant after a line from The Wizard of Oz – but the man himself has worked magic with the meals.
After several years away from the family farm, learning the trade under some of Europe’s top talent, head chef John Duffin has returned and worked hard to turn this eatery into Leicestershire’s only Starred restaurant.
John Campbell is no stranger to Michelin Stars, and here at his rural retreat in Newbury he’s won another, achieving the amazing combination of affordable food and priceless views of the countryside.
In just 18 months, head chef Kenny Atkinson has already added a Star to his multi-award winning Tyneside taste haven. It’s the third one in the Newcastle local’s astounding career to date.
Billy Boyter is head chef of this family-run establishment. His decade-and-a-half of experience in Scotland’s best kitchens has led him to this crowning achievement, serving up some of the best local ingredients.
Owner Michael Deane and head chef Danni Barry have combined to bring a Michelin Star to one of Northern Ireland’s most sophisticated eateries, just 18 months after opening the doors.
Ox is the other location that’s helped put Northern Ireland back on the culinary map, adding a Star to its growing list of achievements thanks to a locally-sourced and varied menu.
Hailing from Finland, head chef Mickael Viljanen has finally been vindicated for all the positive reviews and customers clamouring for the honour of an addition to the Michelin Star ranks.
In just 10 months since opening, head chef Enda McEvoy has already added a Star to Loam in Galway, thanks to its focus on what they call “focused creative simple cuisine”.