Michelin will announce the entrants of the 2018 guide on Monday 2 October at a live event at The Brewery, near the Barbican, in east London. It will be the second successive year the brand has announced the index — known commonly as the Red Guide — at a live event in the UK.
The carefully managed event will begin at 11.30, in the hope that the top-secret information is not leaked (as happened in 2015.) “The main attraction will be the unveiling of the new Michelin stars that will be included in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2018,” a representative told Eater London today. Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin Guides, will be in attendance.
Following the official announcement on Monday, the guide will be published and available to buy in shops from Thursday 5 October.
As well as the announcement of restaurants that have been awarded either one, two or three Michelin stars, Michelin also present Bib Gourmands (the method for which is helpfully explained here by Eater’s Ryan Sutton.) The latter are awarded to restaurants serving three courses for under £28. It is unclear whether those will be announced at the event on 2 October.
The 2018 announcement will be of particular interest to a number of chefs in London — especially those who have performed well in the guide in the past. Close attention will be paid by four chefs who have opened new restaurants since the last guide was published: Philip Howard, who left two Michelin-starred The Square to open Elystan Street last year; Monica Galetti, who left two-starred Le Gavroche to open Mere in March; Claude Bosi, who left two-starred Hibiscus to open Bibendum (a restaurant named after the guide’s mascot) in April; and Clare Smyth who left three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to open Core by Clare Smyth last month.
Stay tuned for more news, interviews and intel ahead of the guide’s publication next month.