The UK’s restaurants have faced an unprecedented and difficult few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but finally there has been some good news for chefs.
It arrived in the form of the 2021 Michelin Guide, with a select few of the country’s high-quality restaurants receiving Michelin stars.
It is an accolade that some fine dining eateries can only dream of, and it is a huge deal for the recipients of the prestigious award.
This year, 22 restaurants were given new Michelin star ratings during the virtual ceremony - including two places in Yorkshire.
Here’s the full list of Michelin starred restaurants in Yorkshire.
Which new restaurants in Yorkshire received Michelin stars?
Two new Yorkshire restaurants were part of the few in the UK that were awarded a Michelin star for the first time.
Both Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, in Ripon, and Roots, in York, received the accolade.
They were among the 17 new restaurants, including venues in London, Glasgow, Surrey, Devon and Cornwall, to be recognised with a one-star award.
Chef Shaun Rankin, who appeared on Masterchef in 2017, trained at The Mayfair Hotel in London.
His restaurant, at five-star luxury hotel Grantley Hall, offers a fine dining tasting menu inspired by his childhood memories and the local area.
Meanwhile, Roots, situated in York city centre, is a former arts and crafts pub.
Chef Tommy Banks sources his ingredients from his parents’ farm at Oldstead.
The Black Swan in Oldstead, which already has one Michelin star, was also one of the first restaurants to receive the guide’s newest accolade, the Green Star for sustainability.
Full list of Michelin star restaurants in Yorkshire
Including the two new additions, there are seven restaurants in Yorkshire that now hold Michelin stars, with five places retaining their award for 2021.
No restaurants in the area lost their Michelin star from last year.
All of the venues were awarded one Michelin star – according to the guide, this rating signifies "a very good restaurant".
Roots - York
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall - Ripon
The Angel at Hetton - Hetton
The Black Swan at Oldstead - Oldstead
The Man Behind The Curtain - Leeds
The Pipe and Glass Inn - Beverley
The Star Inn - York
How are restaurants awarded a Michelin star?
The prestigious award is given out from the same Michelin company that sells tires.
Its star rating system is highly coveted and relies entirely on its anonymous restaurant reviewers.
These reviewers are knowledgeable about food, but appear as if they are an ordinary customer while dining at a restaurant.
After they have visited a fine dining eatery, they write a thorough review of their experience focusing on food quality, techniques, the chef’s personality, value and consistency.
They then discuss with other reviewers on which restaurants will be given stars.
Michelin awards up to three stars, with three being the highest rating and only given to places offering "exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey".
Two stars stands for “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”.
This year, there were only three two star Michelin awards given to restaurants in the UK, and only two three stars.