Raymond Blanc launches global rankings system for sustainable restaurants

The first international restaurant rating system which enables diners to choose a restaurant by its sustainability standards, was launched today by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

The SRA’s Global Sustainability Rating means diners across the globe can check how restaurants manage their energy, waste and water, how they treat their staff and where they source their food.

President of the SRA and chef Raymond Blanc, said: “This is wonderful news for anyone, like me, who cares about where their food comes from and how it is produced. It is encouraging to know that when I am eating out, anywhere in the world, I can check if the restaurant is doing the important things that will help lead to a more sustainable future for us all”.

According to the SRA, some of the best restaurants in the world have already completed the SRA rating and a number of others have committed to doing so.

Internationally known restaurants that will be among the first to undertake the Global Rating include; Soho House group with sites in Miami, West Hollywood, Toronto and Berlin, as well as Virgin Limited Edition, with sites in Australia, Kenya and South Africa.

Virgin Limited Edition’s managing director, Jon Brown, commented: “The global rating system will be a fantastic way of ensuring the highest restaurant standards around the world and will no doubt help push the whole industry towards a more responsible way of operating.”

The SRA recently awarded Eurostar’s catering operation a One Star Rating and announced its new partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways which will see the airline’s entire in-flight catering outfit rated.

Blanc added: “This is the birth of an international common language of restaurant sustainability. The world’s best chefs have a duty to operate responsibly and I would urge more of my fellow chefs around the world to take the test.”

Leigh Stringer

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