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It seems to us that there’s a trend brewing. When Sting sang about an “Englishman in New York”, he may have been predicting the wave of British chefs moving to the Big Apple. You could say it all started (or came to everyone’s attention) back in 2000, when Paul Liebrandt moved from London (where he was a commis chef to Marco Pierre White) to NYC. At age 24, working as executive chef at Atlas, he became the youngest person ever to be reviewed with three stars by the New York Times. Fast-forward to 2012 and his restaurant Corton in Tribeca earned two stars in the New York City Michelin guide.
April Bloomfield, a native of Birmingham, England, is now the woman who is credited with bringing the Gastropub to New York. Her first restaurant in the city, “The Spotted Pig”, has earned one Michelin star for six consecutive years – and April & Ken’s The Breslin Bar & Dining Room has had one since 2010.
Laurie Jon Moran, from Northamptonshire, England, left his post at Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons for New York, working at Daniel (Daniel Boulud’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant) and then Per Se (Thomas Keller’s 3 Michelin Star restaurant). Recently, he has been hired to work as pastry chef at Le Bernardin, awarded 4 stars by the New York Times and 3 stars by Michelin.
See what we mean? Not only are the British culinary greats crossing the pond, but they’re also taking it by storm! So what is it that makes Manhattan such a Mecca for chefs from the UK, and why is it such a fertile place when Michelin stars are concerned? We can think of a number of reasons why New York holds such allure for aspiring, as well as celebrated, foodies, but the most convincing must be the city’s reputation as a melting pot of different cultures and heritages. Prepared to reward those who rise up from the ordinary, New York is an exciting city for those with ambition. Instead of bemoaning the loss for Britain, we see the trend as a positive thing. We love that Britain is being represented in a meaningful way in the Big Apple – and now there’s always a home away from home when we visit!
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About the author: KatieKatie Manning
Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning