Bibendum makes its judgment today
Michelin still matters. Its stars, still so symbolic, remain the pinnacle of a certain type of restaurant greatness. That greatness — so often an expensive, formal, masculine brand of fine dining — itself remains the most predominant definition of restaurant greatness at large. And so, today London’s restaurants and restaurant media, this publication included, wait to see where stars will go, and who will have them taken away. Here’s a refresher of who holds the stars right now: stay tuned for today’s announcement, starting around 17:00 (GMT).
Government announces announcement of plans to change tip legislation
Restaurants could be legally obliged to transfer all tips to staff, under planned legislation to be announced — not imposed — on Monday. Restaurants will no longer be able to recoup a small percentage to cover tips left on credit and debit cards, according to the BBC. After some headlines regarding tips withheld from staff — most famously at Michel Roux Jr’s Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche — many restaurants adopted the card-recoup policy as standard.
Pastry savant does unlimited comfort
Dominique Ansel is bringing his New York Pie Night to London, 24 and 25 October. Tickets will go on sale 5 October at midday, with the event taking place at Ansel’s Belgravia shop. Expect beef cheek and port pie, steak and oyster pie, and salted caramel apple pie, as well as a whole load of Instagram posts, some of them #invite. Ticket link here.
U.S. wing chain confirms U.K. debut
Wingstop, a franchised group of chicken wing restaurants currently spanning 13 countries, has confirmed its opening in London at 138 Shaftesbury Avenue. The group will follow xiaolongbao cult favourite Din Tai Fung, hotpot chain Hai di Lao, and Filipino chicken chain Jolibee as just a few of many international, high-investment imports moving in on London, according to MCA.
Jamie Oliver reveals details of a financially ruinous year
Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group accounts reveal a £29 million loss through 2017. The embattled celebrity chef, whose Italian restaurant chain was crippled by poor sites, tough market conditions, and food on the decline, is now looking to revitalise the business with new openings in the international market, according to Big Hospitality.