Ramsay fails to top Good Food Guide

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Gordon Ramsay has been knocked down a peg by restaurant bible The Good Food Guide, which ranks him second to rival Heston Blumenthal.

The Good Food Guide has compiled a top 40 of the best restaurants for the first time - and praises Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray as producing “white-hot gastronomic alchemy”.

More than 1,200 restaurants were judged by around 100 inspectors for this year’s edition.

Ramsay’s £110 seven-course Menu Prestige at his Chelsea restaurant did beat Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons however, which took third place.

Critics now claim the Scottish chef has gone off the boil, spreading himself too thinly with reality television shows at home and in the States. His restaurant has also slipped down the ranks from the top spot of both the Harden’s and Zagat guides for the first time in seven years.

The Good Food Guide meanwhile served up another first, with the launch of 10 regional awards nominated by 30,000 readers.

Series editor Caroline Blake said standard are being raised in this category thanks to increasing importance on locally grown produce.

“There’s a real drive towards local produce, driven by consumers,” she said.

“Whether they’re concerned about the quality of the meat and fish or the number of air miles that their fruit has travelled, people want to know where their food has come from.”

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