Mexican restaurant receives prestigious Michelin star

Mexican chef Santiago Lastra is at the top of his game in the kitchen. His London-based restaurant, KOL, was recently awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

In the culinary world, the Michelin Guide is a system used to rate restaurants with 1 to 3 stars. Restaurants that receive a star are listed as “a very good restaurant in its category”.

“We are incredibly honored to announce that KOL has been awarded a Michelin star,” reads the restaurant’s Instagram page. “[It is] a testament to the dedication, hard work and endless creativity of our team. From three years ago on a beach in Tulum, imagining what KOL could be like, to here in Marylebone with our wonderful team, it truly is a dream come true.

The restaurant called the distinction an “honor” and was proud to be able to “represent Mexican cuisine on the international stage”.

“Mexico, this is for you,” the message continues. “From the home cooks and family traditions we grew up with, to the incredible Indigenous communities that inspire our work and ground our culture, thank you for being a constant source of wonder and creativity. We couldn’t be more proud of what our team has accomplished, and we can’t wait to see where KOL takes us next. Thank you for being part of our journey.

Throughout his career, Lastra has traveled the world as a chef in several high-end restaurants such as Tate Modern in London, Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen and NOMA in Cancún, Mexico. Since KOL opened in 2020, he has been appointed GQ Best Chef 2021. KOL has also been recognized by the National Restaurant Awards as one of the UK’s top 35 restaurants.

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