Michelin Stars! Carters of Moseley Chef Patron Brad Carter. Partner Holly Jackson with Peter Jackson, Richard Walter, and Jack Gooch
There are many days where we have the privilege to speak with, eat with and occasionally socialise with some of the regions finest Chefs and producers – but there are few days more finer than today – not only congratulating Birmingham’s newest ‘Star’ in person and those who have supported him in his ascendancy – even from a student - but also speaking with the Editor of the Guide which awarded the Star.
It was with little dignity that the illusive folk at the Michelin Guide had to react somewhat on the back foot on Wednesday, when their closely guarded secret guides’ contents were ‘accidentally leaked’ a day early by an unwitting on-line book shop who posted an ‘embargoed’ copy to a chef, a day early, who then started to share his bootie across social media – somewhat taking the ‘reveal’ away from the magicians who had created the magic. So, as with the modern world of communications, Michelin bravely took the lead once again and started to Tweet out those winners and losers on their newly created ‘feed’ @MichelinGuideUK to their loyal followers, who in turn spread the good, and some bad, news.
Gone was the Star held by Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maze’ in London, just on the cusp of celebrating his tenth year there, as well as ‘Sienna’ in Dorchester ‘ where new Chef Marcus Wolcox had recently taken over but not got up to speed soon enough – whereas the team at Maze had not been as consistent as the guide likes, and paid the ultimate price.
Other risers were the privately owned Goring Hotel on the South Bank of London as well as new entrants to the rare Two Star stable The Araki (with only nine covers – yes 9!) and Umu both Japanese and in London –but what of further North? Well due to a late re-opening following their refit The Fat Duck, Heston Bluenthal’s ‘two star’ creation did not manage to re-open in time for the inspectors, so bizarrely is now ‘star-less’ so may now be offering some sort of two-for-one deal to diners until full Star Service is restored at next years round!
But which other Cities shone through? Leeds received a Star at ‘Man behind the Curtain’ Loughborough for ‘John’s House’ and Manchester remained baron.
In the Midlands it was a different story – the rich pickings of the four Michelin Starred Restaurants of Adams, Simpsons, Turners and Purnell’s were joined by a Chefs favourite, Carters of Moseley – Owned by Chef Brad Carter and his hard working partner Holly Jackson – the two have been serving the regions gourmands and most of the Michelin Chefs in the know with their simple flavorsome dishes for nearly five years – never missing a service, and this week their hard work, consistency and focus were truly rewarded.
“I could nt believe it when Rebecca [Burr, Michelin Guide Editor] called me yesterday to break the news – I was gob-smacked’ comments Brad ‘I never in my wildest dreams thought we would achieve such an accolade at Carters – we cook what
Carters Chef Patron Brad Carter with Partner Holly Jackson delighted at their Michelin Star news
we believe in for our customers – and that’s pretty much it. We don’t have posh table cloths or clever cooking gimmicks – just great seasonal produce – it’s such an honour to join the likes of Glynn, Richard, Luke and Adam – all of which I am honoured to say are not only our customers, but also sent us very kind messages of congratulations, and even Richard Turner popped in a bottle of champagne for the team last night after service – he has supported us from day one – but it was still a real surprise – we are all very humbled at the support.”
Partner Holly Jackson who oversees the front of house service added “As soon as the news broke yesterday the phones went mad – at one point the battery even went flat as we had been answering every call – it got to about 4am this morning and I thought I just had to go to bed and stop replying to all the lovely messages – it still hasn’t really sunk in – we would like to thank everyone for all their kind support and best wishes – many from our loyal regular customers, its so lovely.”
When asked what they were going to change now they had achieved the Michelin Star, Holly added Read more »