Michelin star leak is perfect birthday gift

RED faces at the Michelin guide yesterday as the publication’s website inadvertently revealed which restaurants have been awarded its famous stars – a week earlier than planned.

The list shows that London foodies are spoilt for choice, with eight restaurants receiving their first star this year, including Alyn Williams at the Westbury Hotel, St. John Soho, Tom Aikens and Trishna.

Other eateries in the capital that got the nod were Medlar, Launceston Place, Dabbous and Hedone.

It was a particularly enjoyable experience for Karam Sethi, head chef at Indian restaurant Trishna in Marylebone village, who turned 29 yesterday.

He told The Capitalist: “I am surprised and honoured to be amongst such great company – and to hear the news on my birthday couldn’t have made for a better present.”

Meanwhile Heston Blumenthal gained his fifth star in total as his Hinds Head pub in the Berkshire village of Bray makes the list for the first time.

This is the third time in five years that the Michelin guide’s awards have been leaked online ahead of schedule.

Perhaps the publishers have enjoyed a few too many long lunches...