A Michelin starred restaurant is under threat following a complex divorce battle, reports say.
Drake’s restaurant, based in Surrey, had won the award with Michelin describing its food as “cuisine of great finesse”, and “pushing the boundaries”.
But now, the restaurant risks losing its prestigious title after the award-winning chef, Steve Drake, had passed on sole-ownership to his ex-partner, Serena Drake, as part of the divorce settlement.
Michelin stars are awarded for the “food on the plate”, and with Mr Drake’s departure, the restaurant will have to undergo a new inspection.
According to friends, Mr and Mrs Drake’s divorce battle had been “difficult”, with long arguments about how the businesses should be divided.
“It’s been quite an ordeal. My heart and soul are here, it’s where I won my first star and it’s been very difficult to give it up”, Mr Drake told The Telegraph.
While the 43-year-old chef was awarded ownership of the couple’s other joint business, his ex-wife ultimately won full control of the award-winning restaurant.
He said: “But while we both wanted to hold on to the restaurant I came to realise that the best way to move forward was for Serina to keep the business as an asset.
“I’ll carry on cooking and if I get a star somewhere else fantastic, but I’m not really thinking about that. I just want to cook.”