By Andrea McCallum
SCOTLAND’S capital can boast five Michelin Star restaurants – after a newly-opened venture grabbed the latest coveted award.
Chef Paul Kitching – owner of elite establishment 21212 – was given the prestigious honour for his restaurant which only opened last May.
Edinburgh now holds more Michelin Star restaurants within the UK than any city outside of London.
And now 21212 will feature alongside the capital’s finest restaurants within the Red Michelin Guide 2010.
Mr Kitching said: “This is great news. First and foremost for ourselves and of course our business partners and backers as well as everyone who works in the restaurant.
“It is also great for Edinburgh as a city to share different styles of cooking.
“There is plenty room for everyone and this is a stamp of approval that Paul Kitching is different.”
The French style restaurant – in Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace – has received high praise from diners and reviewers across the globe.
Its five course gourmet menu is prepared by Mr Kitching and his team of eight chefs in the listed Georgian townhouse.
And the 38-seater restaurant – which includes an open kitchen – holds a drawing room, private dining room and four luxury bedrooms.
Mr Kitching achieved a Michelin star in 1997 for Juniper, in Greater Manchester, which he held for over 11 years before moving to Edinburgh in late 2008 with his partner Katie, to open 21212.