Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ramsay Looks Sharp Again in Restaurant Awards Shortlist

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ramsay Looks Sharp Again in Restaurant Awards Shortlist

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CHEFS are famous for their rivalry, and today it is Gordon Ramsay who is winning the battle to be king of London's dining scene.

The fiery restaurateur casts a long shadow over the shortlist for one of the capital's major restaurant awards, which are announced today.

The Scot's restaurants, and the places and people associated with him, are named in six out of 15 categories.

But there is no mention in this year's Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards of Jamie Oliver, whose Shoreditch restaurant Fifteen has won critics' praise.

In the eighth year of the awards, in which more than 6,000 restaurants have competed, the presence of Ramsay looms large.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, at Claridge's, is shortlisted in the French Restaurant of the year category, while Boxwood Cafe, at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge Ramsay's interpretation of a smart New York cafe - is a contender for American Restaurant of the year.

Menu at the Connaught, run by Ramsay's ever-expanding company, has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Front Of House category.

Petr-s, also at The Berkeley, and The Savoy Grill - both run by Ramsay's protege and friend Marcus Wareing - are up for Most Exceptional Wine List and British Restaurant of the year respectively.

Angela Hartnett - who began working under Ramsay at his former restaurant Aubergine 10 years ago, and is now at the Connaught - is shortlisted for Outstanding London Chef.

A new category, London Gastropub, has been added this year.

One of the pubs shortlisted in this category is also included in the starry line-up for the New Restaurant of the year category.

The Anchor & Hope in Waterloo is competing against names including the eponymously named Tom Aikens in Chelsea and The Wolseley in Piccadilly.

Battling for the accolade of Indian Restaurant of the year will be last year's winner Chutney Mary, in King's Road.

One category, the Evening Standard London Tonight Award, offers readers and viewers the chance to vote for their favourite restaurants. …

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