Whatever your opinion about Michelin star food, there is little doubting the level of technical expertise, skill and effort required to be rated as one of the world's top chefs

Whatever your opinion about Michelin star food, there is little doubting the level of technical expertise, skill and effort required to be rated as one of the world’s top chefs.

And, Skye Gyngell at Petersham Nurseries, Richmond, has now joined that galaxy, receiving the plaudits in the 100th anniversary edition Michelin guide, released today.

The Latymer at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot; Drake’s, Ripley; The Bingham, Richmond; and The Glasshouse, Kew all continue to shine brightly, although sadly, after eight years, Drakes on the Pond, Abinger Hammer lost theirs.

Meanwhile, keeping their Bib Gourmands – good food at moderate prices – are The Bee, Windlesham and Ma Cuisine, Kew, with The Westerly, Reigate losing out this year.

Many congratulations to them all from us (and commiserations to Drakes on the Pond and The Westerly, who we hope to see back up there in no time at all) here at Surrey Life and may they continue to tantalise our tastebuds for many years to come.

But, who will join them?

One potential candidate would appear to be MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist Ben Piette, previously a hospitality chef at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

The 32-year-old is set to reopen the former Brasserie Rhone restaurant in Old Woking, as London House on Friday April 1.

We are certainly looking forward to making a visit.

Matt

P.S. If you've eaten at any of our Michelin stars, we'd love to read what you thought.