Renowned French chef Joel Robuchon, once given the nod as the ‘chef of the century’ in the 1980s, has claimed London is the true gastronomic capital of the world in a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, placing the English capital even above Paris.
“London leads Paris and the rest of the world with its cuisine,” he said, calling attention to the high quality and experimentation present in London restaurants.
Jean-Luc Naret, a former director of the Michelin Guide, which has become a standard bearer on haute cuisine rankings, agreed with Robuchon.
“Robuchon has a point, because it’s only in London you find every style of ethnic cooking. There’s a rich diversity of cultures, Japanese, Jamaican, Indian, French, Italian, Spanish, they’re all there,” Naret said.
Experts have also noted that holidays in London and the surrounding area can be enhanced by the daring chefs and restaurants available in the region, including the establishments of world renowned and famous chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal.
“We have a culinary heritage as good as anywhere in Europe,” Blumenthal said. “Somewhere along the way it got lost. We’re known as Les Rosbifs by the French because we were experts in cooking meat over open fire. They used to send their chefs to the stately homes of England to learn how to do it.”
The world as a whole will have the chance to sample some of the world’s finest cuisine with major influxes of travellers to London expected for Royal Wedding breaks and for the London Olympic Games.