Gordon Ramsay's reign as top chef could be over, says Harden's guide
Food and fine dining are now a key part of London culture with the UK and the capital in particular laying claim to host some of the best restaurants in the world. At the top of the heap has been Gordon Ramsay who for the last eight years had had his restaurant named the finest in London by the Harden's guide but his supremecy is now challenged by former employee and pupil Marcus Wareing.
Ramsay is perhaps just as likely to be seen entereing a TV studio as one of his restaurants these days and some say that its his celebrity chef status that has seen standards fall slightly at his eateries.
These rivalries between chefs are entertaining but also good for the industry as they strive to be the best. Even 10 years ago not many would have rated London as the best gastronomic destination in world but now food tourism plays a large part for many visitors to London where if you've got the cash some of the best food in the world can be had. What's to bet that Ramsay goes that mile further to get back his Harden's guide top spot? Or maybe he will point out that he's the one with three Michelin stars - not Warieng!
Marcus Wareing, who has fallen out spectacularly with his former friend and boss, has scored a victory over his old mentor after his restaurant was named the finest in London.
Petrus, based at the Berkeley Hotel, in Knightsbridge, was said to have the finest food and service in the capital beating Ramsay's eponymous restaurant into second place for the first time in eight years.
The news, published in the latest prestigious Harden's guide, is a particular blow to Ramsay who built his gastronomic reputation at his flagship Chelsea eatery and has recently faced criticism for spending more time in front of the camera than the stove.