LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Celebrity British chef Gordon Ramsay was served a coveted Michelin star for his new Los Angeles eatery as the Michelin food guide unveiled its second annual lists of top restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Ramsay, the expletive-prone star of TV shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares,” earned a star for Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood which opened in June, taking his total number of Michelin stars to about a dozen.
His restaurant was among 16 eateries in a list of 343 restaurants and hotels in Los Angeles to be awarded one star while four restaurants were given two stars — Melisse, chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Urusawa and Providence.
Ramsay, 41, who also has restaurants in London, New York, France, Ireland, Tokyo and Dubai, charges $85 for a seven-course chef’s menu at his first West Coast venue compared to $135 for a seven-course menu at New York eatery Gordon Ramsay at The London.
No restaurant in Los Angeles has yet managed to snare the top three-star rating from Michelin.
The Las Vegas list featured 172 restaurants and hotels with one establishment boasting three stars — French chef Joel Robuchon’s Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel which charges $250 for a six-course chef’s tasting menu.
In Las Vegas there are also three two-star restaurants — Alex, Guy Savoy and Picasso — and 13 one-star restaurants.
New York City boasts four three-star restaurants among about 69 restaurants worldwide with the top ranking, which means “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” Two stars means “excellent cuisine” and one star denotes “very good cuisine.”
The Michelin lists are based on the recommendations of a team of inspectors who visit restaurants several times throughout the year, incognito, to decide the rankings.
Writing by Belinda Goldsmith; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte