Michelin has moved quickly to recognise new openings this year, as it awarded stars to several recently-launched restaurants in its Guide to Great Britain and Ireland 2014.
Two London restaurants - Ametsa with Arzak Instruction in the Halkin hotel, and Brasserie Chavot - picked up their first stars, just six months after each of them first launched.
Adam Stokes, formerly of Glenapp Castle, opened his eponymous restaurant, Adam's in Birmingham even more recently - in April this year.
April also saw the opening of Nottingham chef and Tom Aikens protégé Tom Sellers. Meanwhile, former Pollen Street Social head chef, Paul Hood, opened his first restaurant as chef-patron in May of this year in association with Jason Atherton. The award of a star for Social Eating House in Poland Street means that Atherton now boasts two one-Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital within the stable.
However, the fastest climber this year is Ormer, the new St Helier restaurant for former Bohemia chef Shaun Rankin. Ormer, Rankin's first restaurant as chef-proprietor, opened at the end of May this year.
Arnaud Bignon's two Michelin stars at the Greenhouse in Mayfair came just a year and a half since he joined the restaurant from the two Michelin-starred Spondi in Athens, in January 2012. The Greenhouse is part of Marlon Abela's MARC group of restaurants and first opened its doors in 1977 with Brian Turner as head chef.
And Heston Blumenthal's Dinner in London's Mandarin Oriental also continued its rapid rise to the upper echelons of Britain's culinary scene. Having opened in January 2011, the restaurant picked up its first star in the 2012 Guide and was awarded with a second today.