The Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 awards were announced on Monday 25 January at a special online-only presentation
This year’s Guide sees the introduction of the new Michelin ‘Green Star’ distinction which highlights restaurants that are leaders in sustainability practices. 18 restaurants in England were awarded a green star and a further 39 – including Harborne Kitchen – were celebrated for their sustainable initiatives.
Those selected are chosen on the basis of research, fieldwork and investigation carried out by the Michelin Guide inspectors. Harborne Kitchen’s zero food waste policy and their use of seafood shells as fertiliser were highlighted as illustrating their commitment to ‘sustainable gastronomy’.
By awarding Green Stars, the Michelin Guide wants to highlight the best and most innovative practices in order to inspire not only the industry, but also all the readers and users of the Michelin Guide.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, said, “Launching a brand new distinction dedicated to sustainable gastronomy shows that our recognition of restaurants goes beyond the search for the best cooking. It enables us to also turn the spotlight on those with a great sense of responsibility towards the environment”.
“It’s great to be recognised for our approach to ‘sustainable gastronomy’, it’s something we’re really passionate about. We also have some pretty exciting plans afoot this year including the introduction of an ‘urban greenhouse’ to the rear of the restaurant. We feel very proud that the Michelin Guide have spotted our efforts in this area.”
Jamie Desogus, Chef, Owner of Harborne Kitchen