Gaining a Michelin star is the pinnacle for any restaurant and Yorkshire has six of them – the most outside of London. So what make our chefs and produce so special?

Michael O’Hare, The Man Behind the Curtain

Man Behind the Curtain, chef Michael O'Hare. 18th August 2015. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe


Experimental chef Michael O’Hare is the newest addition to Yorkshire’s Michelin stars.

Not setting out to become a chef, Michal studied Aeronautical Engineering at Kingston University where he trained to be a pilot, before falling in love with food. Prior to opening his Leeds restaurant last year, Michael spent time working at some of the world’s best restaurants, including Michelin starred chef John Burton Race at L’Ortolan and at Noma in Copenhagen.




The Bobox treex Tree, Ilkley – has retained its Michelin Star for the 11th year running. The modern French classical menu and extensive wine cellar offer food lovers an unforgettable experience. Owned by Simon and Rena Geuller, it is where Marco Pierre White cut his teeth. Head chef is Lawrence Yates





The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill is a beautiful old building in a wonderful area – familiar and welcoming. And, to capitalise on the semi-rural location, guests can take advantage of the rooms to hire as well as the restaurant.

Co-owner and chef Frances Atkins is a member of the Masterchefs Of Great Britain, has held a Michelin star for her work in the kitchen at The Yorke Arms since 2003, and has helped the restaurant win further plaudits including the Which Good Food Guide Restaurant Of The Year. The Yorke Arms is formal, but friendly – and the menus focus on British classics developed and embellished with subtle Continental twists.


james makenzieJames Mackenzie at The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton – Michelin starred for 5 years in now (and 6th time in total)! Since chef-proprietor James Mackenzie and his wife Kate took over in 2006, the gastropub’s fortunes have evolved from regional secret to destination restaurant. The refined yet robust food, cheerful ambiance, and welcoming interior of brick, blackboards, copper and scrubbed pine has earned the Pipe and Glass a plethora of rave reviews and accolades, including a Michelin star five years running; a 5 rating in the Good Food Guide; and The Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Pub of the Year 2014.


The tommy banksBlack Swan at Oldstead, a Michelin Star, and 3 AA Rosette, pub and restaurant with rooms, 20 miles north of York. Michelin says of chef/owner, Tommy Banks, who is believed to be Britain’s youngest Michelin Star Chef, ‘cooking is modern and highly skilled but satisfyingly unpretentious” .




The Star Inn at Harome, Situated in a picturesque village on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, a couple of miles outside the market town of Helmsley, this much loved inn has origins believed to date back to the 14th Century. This restaurant is owned by Andrew Pern and the Head Chef is Steve Smith.

About The Author

Catherine Scott is Associate Features Editor for Yorkshire Post Newspapers. A self-confessed foodie, she is also a judge of the Deliciousyorkshire/Yorkshire Post Taste Awards.

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