English cuisine has taken its hits, many of them, at least in recent years, unjustifiably. Plenty of chefs are doing exciting and innovative things in kitchens across Britain. But beyond the generic fish-and-chips gastro pub, English cuisine has not caught on in other countries.
That’s beginning to change — April Bloomfield, for example, who runs the Spotted Pig and the Breslin in New York, is one of the city’s most popular chefs. And in Toronto Ben Heaton has created a dedicated and creative Anglophile dining experience at his restaurant the Grove, which opened last March in the Dundas West neighborhood. Canadians are taking notice: in September, Maclean’s magazine named it the best new Canadian restaurant of 2012.