Shortlist for Craft Guild of Chefs New Restaurant of the Year 2018 award
Five restaurants have been expertly whittled down from an impressive list, and duly recognised for their outstanding level of food and service.
The New Restaurant Award shortlist was developed from significant new restaurant openings in 2017 and required no public nomination, with suggestions being made from within the industry. Each of the restaurants were visited and dined at by a team of expert judges who were responsible for deciding the finalists, judging each restaurant on quality of food, service and experience.
This year, the majority of restaurants shortlisted are run by women chefs, with three out of the five being female chef-owners. The first one to make the shortlist was Core by Clare Smyth. Smyth was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality and was the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars.
The second, Anne-Sophie Pic at La Dame de Pic, was awarded three Michelin stars for her restaurant Maison Pic in France.
MasterChef The Professionals judge, and previous senior sous-chef to Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche, Monica Galletti is the third female finalist for her new restaurant Monica Galletti at Mere.
Alongside the three restaurants spearheaded by female chefs, there are also two by male chefs; Phil Howard at Eylstan Street, who won two Michelin stars at his restaurant The Square, an accolade he held for 17 years, and Claude Bosi at Bibendum, who also previously held two Michelin stars at London’s Hibiscus.
The winner will be announced during the Craft Guild of Chefs 25th annual awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 4th June 2018.