The award, announced this week in London, means the total number of stars held by Island eateries remains two, with Bohemia Restaurant retaining its star for the 14th year.
One-star establishments are described by the Michelin Guide as offering ‘high-quality cooking’, that is ‘worth a stop’ and there are just 155 around Britain and Northern Ireland. Samphire is not considered a newcomer to the list, as its predecessor Ormer held a star for five consecutive years before the departure of chef Shaun Rankin last year and the restaurant’s subsequent overhaul. It is now run by head chef Lee Smith.
Mark Jordan at the Beach was also recognised at the Michelin Guide UK 2019 award ceremony, retaining its coveted Bib Gourmand.
Samphire chief executive Chula Whelan said: ‘I cannot describe just how proud and excited we are to have been named in this year’s Michelin star awards. We have worked so hard on every detail of the business. It is important to say that even with this incredible award, Samphire is a vibrant venue for all people, whether they are dropping by for a coffee and a chat with friends or sitting down for an exquisite dining experience. Of course, we have to ensure our food is of the highest standard, not just on one day but every day. The star is recognition of the whole experience and for that I have to thank each member of my team – they have been outstanding.’
Steve Smith, head chef at Bohemia, which last month also became one of only 17 restaurants in the British Isles to hold five AA rosettes, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that our passion and commitment has been recognised once again. The whole team has worked so hard over the past year to retain this accolade and I am thrilled.
‘Jersey is renowned for its high standard of gourmet dining, and we are proud to play our part in this.’
Five restaurants were awarded the maximum three Michelin stars this year – Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, sushi bar The Araki in Mayfair and The Fat Duck and Waterside Inn in Bray.