They seek them here, they seek them there...
Most ambitious Chefs are deadly serious in private when it comes to attaining Michelin stars, although who would go so far as French chef Bernard Loiseau who killed himself over fears of being downgraded? But in public it's a different story, with many professing to be entirely unconcerned over whether their establishment gets the celestial award or not.
Joel Robuchon - the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, 18, - has been a vocal critic of the guide and its awards: 'As long as Michelin remains stuck in the past, I have no interest in being mentioned in it.'
In particular, critics suggest that the guide is too harsh on London. Marco Pierre White, who was the youngest chef in the UK to win a coveted third star when he was just 33, spoke for many last year when he told Waitrose Food Illustrated: 'I've dined in Michelin-starred places in New York and I'm confused.There are at least 50 restaurants in England as good as the two-star restaurants over there – rather than the paltry 10 that currently hold that number.'
Do you think the stars reflect the quality of the restaurant? Here's the full list of stars awarded to London restaurants to help you decide.
Ambassade de L’lle
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
Rhodes Twenty Four
Richard Corrigan at Lindsay House
Sketch (The Lecture Room & Library)
Bib Gourmand (awarded to restaurants offering good food at moderate prices)
Cafe Spice Namaste
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Giaconda Dining Room
Great Queen Street
Mango and Silk
The Anchor and Hope
The Modern Pantry