Guoman Hotels announces that Rhodes W1, The Cumberland Hotel’s restaurant, has been awarded a Michelin star, the industry’s most prestigious accolade. Rhodes W1 is one of only 34 hotels to in London to receive a Michelin Star in 2008. Launched in May 2007 by British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, the restaurant was given the honor less than a year after opening.

About Chef Gary Rhodes:
As one of the proponents for modern British cuisine, chef Gary Rhodes has received a wide array of accolades and is regarded as one of the nation’s finest ambassadors of the culinary arts. At the age of just 26, Rhodes helmed the Castle Hotel in Taunton, Somerset, where he retained the hotel’s Michelin star and at The Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair, he earned another Michelin star in 1996, followed by another star for City Rhodes Restaurant in 1998. Rhodes hosts his own television series, “Rhodes Around Britain” on BBC, and he makes guest appearances on shows such as “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Masterchef USA”. Rhodes is also the best-selling author of several cookbooks and was voted “Television Food and Wine Personality of the Year” by the BBC Good Food Magazine and readers of the Sunday Express in 1994. His book, Fabulous Food, won “Best Cookbook of the Year Award” at the BBC Good Food Awards in 1997.

About Rhodes W1 Restaurant:

Rhodes W1 Restaurant offers modern British cuisine, fused with classical French influences – a slight departure from the updated classic British cooking for which Rhodes has become famous. Head chef Brian Hughson, who has experience at notable London restaurants such 30 Street Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and The Savoy Grill, leads the kitchen team at Rhodes W1, where the award-winning menu utilizes fresh, seasonal English ingredients. Typical dishes might include pressed foie gras with a warm duck salad, or warm scallops and langoustines served with caviar hollandaise. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine and champagne list “curated” by master sommelier, Yves Desmaris, who has worked with Rhodes since 1998.

The restaurant offers a dramatic setting, designed by famed British interior designer Kelly Hoppen – well known for her work re-designing the first class cabins for British Airways and the Hotel Murmuri in Barcelona. The restaurant is decorated with sparkling Spina chandeliers, lush velvet fabrics, antique French chairs and mirrors.