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Michelin star first for Scillies
Kenny Atkinson
Head chef Kenny Atkinson moved to the islands with his family
The Isles of Scilly, 28 miles from the UK mainland, have notched up their first Michelin star for good food.

The Tean restaurant on St Martin's is only accessible by boat, and is open only for eight months during the holiday season.

But fresh lobster and other seafood is landed yards from its door and the views are of clear blue sea.

Head chef Kenny Atkinson, 31, from Newcastle, achieved the award in his first full season since arriving.

It's beautiful and a great place to have a family
Kenny Atkinson

He said: "Of course it helps to have the most fantastic ingredients at our back door with a sea larder in front of us.

"When the food that you are cooking with has the same post code as your kitchen you have a distinct advantage."

Mr Atkinson, who has worked at top restaurants in London, said moving to the Scillies with his wife and young son in 2006 had been an easy decision.

"It's beautiful and a great place to have a family and I could still do what I love to do," he said.

The restaurant is one of only 50 outside London awarded stars in England.

Michelin guide editor Derek Bulmer travelled by road, helicopter and boat to carry out his inspection.

He said: "It was probably one of the longest journeys I have ever taken to go and have a meal."

He added: "I think not a lot of people have actually been to the Scilly Isles. It puts it on the foodie map."

St Martin's is one of the five inhabited Isles of Scilly, the largest of which is St Mary's.


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