Such is the success of Jamie Oliver’s socially aware Fifteen, the London restaurant and pioneering apprenticeship scheme, that it’s been packed with punters since it opened. Its sister operation in Cornwall, is just as busy. No joy? Go for a table in the twinned factories in Amsterdam and Melbourne (fifteen.net
Having honed a cheeky take on British classics in his London restaurants, Gary Rhodes now exports fish-finger amuse-bouches and the like to Dublin (Rhodes D7, rhodesd7.com), Grenada (Calabash Hotel, calabashhotel.com), and Dubai (starwood.com/lemeridien).
Vineet Bhatia, a member of British Airways’ taste team and the first chef to win a Michelin star for Indian cuisine, has branched out from his Chelsea restaurant to convert gastronomes to his ‘posh spice’ dining. Particularly fruitful is his collaboration with the One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius (oneandonlyresorts.com), where his waterside restaurant plays up the island’s Indian heritage.
Michelin-starred Italophile Angela Hartnett, who earned her stripes at the Connaught, also oversees Cielo (bocaresort.com), a resort restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida, which showcases her flair with Italian cuisine.
But it’s her ex-boss, Gordon Ramsay (gordonramsay.com) who draws the greatest waiting lists. Fortunately, his empire extends from New York to Tokyo via Dubai, Prague and now Versailles. Start making reservations soon – or you’ll never get a table.