Michelin UK has appointed its first female editor, with Rebecca Burr taking over responsibility for its Great Britain and Ireland, London, and Eating out in Pubs guides on 1 October, Caterer can reveal.
Burr, who has worked with Michelin for 12 years as an inspector, replaces outgoing editor Derek Bulmer (pictured), who has retired after more than three decades of working with the guide. She is Michelin's third female editor after Juliane Caspar in France and the USA editor whose name is anonymous.
Bulmer, who first joined Michelin in 1977 as a restaurant and hotel inspector and replaced Derek Brown as editor in 1997, said Burr had been working closely with him for the past year but would not be giving any interviews until 2011.
"Michelin's not a secretive society but it is without a doubt better to be unknown. You want to get a typical restaurant experience like any other customer and if operators know who you are you always ask yourself whether you're getting special treatment," he said.
Michelin director Jean-Luc Naret thanked Bulmer for his work with the organisation and welcomed Burr to her new role. "Michelin used to be a bit of an old man's club and in fact Derek was the first editor to include women in his team of inspectors so it's largely thanks to him that we now have three female editors," he told Caterer.
"Part of Derek's legacy is also how the industry in the UK has evolved over the years. It was under him that Michelin launched a dedicated London guide as well as a special guide for Eating out in Pubs."
Bulmer is joining PR and marketing agency My Jam as exclusive consultant and will set up a hospitality consultancy arm for restaurants and hotels.
"I wanted to use the experience I have gained from 30 years of working for Michelin," he said. "At Michelin we don't give advice as that's not our job. Now for the first time operators will really be able to know what I'm thinking."By Kerstin Kühn
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