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We were robbed - it is high time NI eateries received much more Michelin recognition

Joris Minne

Monday night's Covid-delayed annual Michelin awards presented by Davina McCall was a game of two halves for Northern Ireland. Saul McConnell, manager of Noble restaurant in Holywood, scooped a Michelin Revelation Award for Best Service in Great Britain and Ireland.

But a strong Irish flavour to this year's awards did not herald a new wave of recognition for local restaurants. While the Paddy McKillen-owned Connaught Hotel restaurant secured three stars for the first time thanks to chef Helene Darroze, and our own Bushmills woman Clare Smyth was upgraded to three stars for her recently opened Core restaurant in London, we lost two Bib Gourmands when we should have added at least three to last year's seven.

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