London based food writer completes review of all UK Michelin Star Restaurants on 5 year mission.
Richard Bagnold, known online as Major Foodie, has completed a gastronomic adventure to review every Michelin Star Restaurant in the UK.
The 5-year Michelin mission has seen Bagnold travel the length and breadth of the UK, taking extraordinary measures to sample sensational food that starred restaurants are renowned for. His passion has seen him drive through the night to get to reservations in Scotland and schedule weekends to review 3 different restaurants in the same region – all to test his theory that fine dining can be bought on a budget.
Bagnold decided to eat and review every Michelin star restaurant in the UK to prove that he could sample the best food on offer at an affordable price and be no more expensive than a meal at a restaurant chain. He discovered how to hack the fine dining system to make even the most elite restaurants affordable.
“If you see a 3-course set menu at a Michelin starred restaurant, it’s very likely you are going to get much more at no extra cost. Restaurants serve complimentary courses to demonstrate gastronomic flair – even the speciality bread is likely to be hand-made.” said Bagnold.
“Top restaurants have quiet periods and you can take advantage of set price menus over lunch, before 6pm and in some cases after 10pm. The Dorchester, one of the UK’s most exclusive 3 star restaurants offers 3 courses, 2 glasses of wine plus coffee and ½ bottle of water for an incredible £65 at lunch” commented Bagnold.
So what makes a visit to a Michelin star restaurant so special? Bagnold explains, “Many Michelin starred chefs are masters at crafting dishes to ‘wow’ your senses. Exceptional knowledge of how each flavour works together allows chefs to combine texture, sight and smell. The aim is to knock your socks off with each bite!”
Richard Bagnold started his gastronomic adventure as a result of wanting to treat his parents to an exceptional meal at a memorable restaurant. Researching places to eat, he discovered a way to dine at the best restaurants in the UK on budget.
Putting this to the test in London, Bagnold ate in all of the 1, 2 and 3 star Michelin restaurants and was surprised at the quality and flavour of the meals he was presented with. His mission was to dispel the myth that fine dining was intimidating and overly complex.
Recording his food mission by taking photos on his phone, Bagnold was convinced by friends to publish his dining experiences online and social media. Major Foodie’s fine dining has caught the imagination of fans on Twitter and Instagram with tens of thousands of fellow foodies waiting for his next meal and honest review.
The Major Foodie website boasts a world map of the restaurants Bagnold has reviewed and allows visitors to filter by type of cuisine, number of stars and budget type. He has recently been approached to write a newspaper column and is in discussions with a production company to fund a documentary eating in Michelin Star restaurants across the USA.