A restaurant that employs vulnerable, homeless and marginalised local people is celebrating Michelin recognition.
Create, which opened on King Street in Leeds city centre just over a year ago, has been awarded the Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.
The Bib Gourmand award indicates the inspectors’ favourite establishments that offer high-quality products, services and good value for money.
Create employs trainees from the Create Foundation’s training programme.
They are enrolled on a 12-week course and work alongside industry professionals at the flagship restaurant.
Richard Walton-Allen left his job of 12 years as head chef of Harvey Nichols to become national executive chef at Create and oversee the Leeds restaurant.
Create sits alongside 37 other top establishments from across the UK who won a new Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013.
Other winners include Adam Byatt’s Bistro Union in Clapham Common, London, the White Oak in Cookham and the Apple Tree Inn in West Pennard Somerset.
In total 137 restaurants retained or were awarded Bib Gourmand status.
Meanwhile, another Leeds restaurant is also celebrating Michelin recognition.
The Box Tree restaurant in Ilkley have managed to keep their Michelin star for the ninth year.
Husband and wife team Simon and Rena Gueller own the restaurant on Church Street, which has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Simon said: ‘We are thrilled to be awarded a Michelin star again.
“It’s been a great year for the restaurant and for our fantastic team, headed up by general manager Andrew Pratt and chef Dan Birk, who have worked hard to maintain our high standards of food and service.”
The Michelin Guide recognises outstanding restaurants around the world and is known for its ‘star’ system.