Good Food Guide 2015 announces a first in 15 years

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For the first time in 15 years the Good Food Guide 2015 have scored three restaurants full marks with a score of 10 out of 10.

Published by Waitrose, and now in its 64th year, the guide has also made further history by awarding Clare Smyth, The Chef/Proprietor at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, a perfect score of 10 making her the first female in 15 years to do so.

For the second year running, Simon Rogan’s Cumbrian restaurant, L’Enclume, has achieved the top spot and at number two is Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, which has now scored a perfect ten for seven years in a row - longer than any other restaurant since the guide adopted its current scoring system. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay achieved third place with its top score, rising two places from last year.

Elizabeth Carter, Consultant Editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, explains what makes Clare Smyth so special: “After a break of a decade, Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea flagship has once again been awarded a perfect 10. Now the domain of Clare Smyth, with support from what is, without doubt, one of the best front-of-house teams in the UK, this most impressive of London’s premier restaurants is back in that elite club. Further congratulations, too, for Smyth is the first female chef to achieve our top score in 15 years. With her brilliantly artistic, elegant, modern French cooking she perfectly complements the witty, cerebral Fat Duck and the sensual farm-to-table delights of L’Enclume at the pinnacle of our Top 50 list.”

Clare Smyth at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay said: “This is incredible, I’m absolutely overjoyed, we all are. I have personally referenced The Good Food Guide for places to eat for years and value their opinion as it’s the customers’ opinion. “It makes it so much more significant when you know it’s through customer feedback. Like all restaurants we are one big team and my team here is tremendous, so a huge thank you from every one of us.” 

Simon Rogan, head chef at L’Enclume, comments on his success: “We feel so privileged to be at the number one spot for a second year for L’Enclume. The full 10 rating really is a reflection of all the continued focus and improvements we have been undertaking at L’Enclume every single month. Clare SmythThe team just keeps on getting stronger and stronger, and we now also have a hugely skilled front-of-house staff who more than match our culinary standards.” The full Top 50 listing will be published in the Good Food Guide 2015, the UK’s bestselling and longest-running restaurant guide, on 8th September.

See the top ten list here.

>>> Read more on the Good Food Guide 2016

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Editor 26th August 2014

Good Food Guide 2015 announces a first in 15 years