Bristol's Casamia retains Michelin star

Casamia retains their Michelin star and head chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias talks up Bristol…

This week chefs across the country could be found huddled over their laptops, phones and TVs, gripping their knives and forks to see if they had retained, lost or gained long-lusted-after Michelin stars. Monday saw the first live ceremony of new Michelin stars since the Michelin Guide was first launched in 1911, and it was added drama to what is a nail-biting time of year for those in the running. It was good news for our South West restaurants as The Pony and Trap, Wilks Restaurant and Casamia all retained their star. London may have more Michelin stars on its belt, but head chef of the beautiful Michelin-starred Casamia talks frankly about what makes Bristol such a special city to cook and dine in…

Peter Sanchez-Iglesias

“There’s quite simply no place like Bristol. I have lived and worked in this city all of my life and I’ve seen the dining scene come on in leaps and bounds, especially over the last five years. It used to be said that Bristol could rival London’s dining scene but now, I think, no-one’s even comparing the two – Bristol has its own tone and distinctive character; so much so that chefs are flocking from London’s Michelin-starred kitchens to make their mark here in our fair city.

“Bristol is such a supportive city for new and established chefs. The foodies here are willing to embrace anything that pops up, however off-the-wall or against the grain it may be. Bristol has a space for anyone with something to offer, and it really feels like the city is behind you. Bristol is also an amazingly creative hub, not just in terms of the exceptional and varied food scene, but also way beyond that. We are a city of creatives with a thriving and unique art and music scene and we respond to and nurture all expression. There are so many different areas, and so much to draw inspiration from. A stroll along Stokes Croft will send you into a world of colour, while a visit to Ashton Court is a forager’s haven and really feels like you’ve left the city behind for the countryside. Walk along the harbourside of a weekend and you’ll be faced with a host of street food and market stalls; our many parks are full of performers and St Nick’s market is a core part of Bristol life – how fortunate are we to have a permanent market to make use of any day of the week? Even when we were looking for new premises for Casamia, we knew we would never leave Bristol. That’s why we feel it’s so important to support our local businesses. We are lucky enough to have fine distillers of gin, brewers of ale, sustainable coffee purveyors, our own city farms and artisan bakers dotted throughout the city. You only have to step out of your home to discover a host of talent – and plenty to eat.

“I love Bristol, and wouldn’t be anywhere else for the world.”

Michelin-starred Casamia, Bristol

Take a look at the new Bristol Food & Drink Guide online or order your free copy and peruse what this great city has to offer.

Emma Cullen

Emma Cullen

Emma is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker that has been released into the wild

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