Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Bloomberg Customers

Koffmann Named Top Chef, Dinner by Blumenthal Gets Prize

Pierre Koffmann and Claire Harrison
Pierre Koffmann on the set of the TV show "Saturday Kitchen" with his partner Claire Harrison. Koffmann has been named AA Chefs' Chef of the Year. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Pierre Koffmann, the French culinary master who held three Michelin stars at La Tante Claire in London, was last night named AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year.

Koffmann, who came out of retirement in 2010 to open Koffmann’s at the Berkeley Hotel, was chosen by fellow chefs whose restaurants hold rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide.

“This is a great honor,” Koffmann said in an interview before the awards at a dinner at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

Among awards for London restaurants: Hibiscus was promoted to the maximum five rosettes; Pollen Street Social and Seven Park Place went to four rosettes; Rib Room, Alyn Williams, Thirty Six and CUT won three. L’Etranger took the AA Wine Award.

Restaurant of the Year winners were: Church Green British Grill, Lymm (England); Rogano, Glasgow (Scotland); Sosban, Llanelli (Wales). Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was top in London.

There were two awards of new five red stars, the top honor for hotels: 45 Park Lane and Dukes.

Koffmann, 64, who was born in Tarbes, France, visited the U.K. in 1970 for a rugby match and found work with brothers Michel and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche. He became head chef at the Waterside Inn and opened La Tante Claire in 1977. His proteges include Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton.

(This month, he republished his 1990 memoirs, “Memories of Gascony.” I wrote the foreword for the new edition.)

Previous winners of the chef’s prize include Chris and Jeff Galvin (2011), Martin Wishart (2010), Marcus Wareing (2009), Philip Howard (2008) and Michael Caines (2007).

The lifetime achievement award went to the restaurateur Antonio Carluccio.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

Muse highlights include Martin Gayford on art, Scott Reyburn on the art market and Amanda Gordon’s Scene Last Night.

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.