New York has five three-star restaurants compared to London’s two, but that isn’t stopping Alain Ducasse (still riding the high of earning a third star across the pond) from declaring it “the most important city in the world for restaurants.” Here’s what he told the Telegraph.
There has been a revolution in London in the last 10 years. The restaurant scene is very interesting. Michelin should give it more stars; it’s mean. You should interview the editor and ask him why [he doesn’t]. London is the most important city in the world for restaurants. It was level with New York, but the product has developed more here in the last five years. I think Michelin is a bit conservative.
Ducasse specifically praises London’s “very contemporary scene with mixed influences” and says, “you have wonderful game, lamb and fish with your cold seas. The only thing not very good is poultry … And you don’t have frogs, but you have roast beef … ” As for those Spaniards: “Everyone talks about Spanish influences, but where is it … Tell me 10 great Spanish restaurants in London.”
Alain Ducasse: London is the restaurant capital of the world [Telegraph UK]