Causing more controversy than Jade Goody in the Big Brother house, it was time for the annual awards circus that is Michelin.
While there was no additional third star for a restaurant in Great Britain or Ireland - and arguably not as many new entries as some in the industry would have liked to have seen – there remained plenty to cheer, with a number of well know faces finally getting their reward for years of hard graft.
Both Marcus Wareing’s Petrus in London and John Campbell’s Vineyard at Stockcross in Newbury picked up long-awaited second stars.
Michelin also launched its first London specific version of the guide as a companion to the main edition, but for a full updated listing of Michelin rated restaurants have a look at our Michelin home page.
If all this talk about Michelin has left you starry eyed, the Petrous Bros chippie was named National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year.
As education minister Parmjit Dhanda suggested TVs in canteens could boost the uptake of school meals, an influential panel of MPs slammed the Government for its inactivity over the growing problem of childhood obesity.
The Elton review of licensing fees bought relative cheer to the pub industry with the news wouldn’t be picking up the tab for a funding shortfall created by some councils “gold plating” their administration duties.
And as the World Travel & Tourism Council forecast the tourism industry would grow 4.2% per year during the next decade, Fairmont made good with its Green credentials and appointed its first director of environmental affairs.
By Chris Druce