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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2007, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Ramsay gets top Michelin rating
Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay said he felt "vindicated" at the accolade
Gordon Ramsay has become one of the two most Michelin-starred chefs in the world after his New York restaurant was awarded two stars in its debut year.

It puts the star of TV shows The F Word and Hell's Kitchen level with French chef Alain Ducasse on 12 stars.

Ramsay, 40, said it was a "great honour" to receive the accolade.

New York food critics had given the restaurant - called Gordon Ramsay at the London - a cool reception when it opened in Manhattan in January.

But it won praise for "consistency in cuisine and service" by the Michelin inspectors, guide director Jean-Luc Naret said.

"Gordon Ramsay deserved two stars, not because of his name and TV fame, but because of the consistency of the multiple visits by inspectors throughout the year," Naret said.

'Very proud'

Ramsay said he felt "vindicated" after being awarded the stars, adding: "I still won't sleep until I get three stars in the bag."

Ramsay, whose London restaurants include Petrus, The Savoy Grill and Maze, said: "It is a great honour to have received two stars from the Michelin Guide in our first year in New York.

"To achieve such recognition means a huge amount and I am very proud of chef de cuisine Josh Emett, the maitre d' Jean-Baptiste Requien and our very talented team."

Under the Michelin rating system, a restaurant can be awarded up to three stars for excellence in its cooking, service and wine list.

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