A Birmingham chef who launched a new restaurant as the country emerged from its first lockdown last summer has been recognised by the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Kray Treadwell only opened 670 Grams in Digbeth in August but was in business long enough to impress judges of the 2021 guide who named him Michelin Young Chef of Great Britain and Ireland.
He is the first winner of the new accolade which recognises excellence among chefs under 30.
It was unveiled during an online ceremony hosted by Michelin several months after the latest guide would normally be announced due to the covid pandemic.
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Mr Treadwell, who previously worked at another famous Birmingham restaurant Purnell’s, was a finalist on BBC series Great British Menu and named 670 Grams after the weight of his daughter who was born four months prematurely.
It has room for only 16 covers, serves meals inspired by Europe and Asia and publishes a handwritten menu online two days in advance.
It had a three-month waiting list when it first opened last summer.
In addition to the founder’s award, the restaurant has also entered the Michelin Guide 2021 with a Michelin Plate.
Mr Treadwell said: “To say I am thrilled to receive this award is an understatement. 2020 was something of a rollercoaster; from opening 670 Grams in the middle of a pandemic to welcoming my son into the world.
“To start 2021 by being recognised by the Michelin Guide in this way is a dream come true.”
Birmingham’s current quintet of Michelin-starred restaurants – Adams, Carters of Moseley, Opheem, Purnell’s and Simpsons – all retained their single stars, as did Peel’s in Hampton-in-Arden but there were no new awards in the city.
The following city venues are also included in the 2021 guide – Asha’s, Chakana, Craft, Eight, Folium, Harborne Kitchen, Opus, Pulperia, The Oyster Club and The Wilderness.