UK chef Marco Pierre White's restaurant in Birmingham, England has been given the worst possible food hygiene rating after a visit from the Environmental Health Department. According to the Birmingham Mail, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill was sent a window sticker and certificate from the agency "confirming their zero rating" out of a possible five on March 25. The steakhouse was awarded four out of five stars by the Birmingham Mail's restaurant critic just the day before the hygiene rating dropped.
The zero rating is due to either "poor standards of hygiene, structure, [and] confidence in management" or a combination of those factors. A spokesperson from Marco Pierre White confirmed to the paper that it did receive a visit from the agency and were given feedback that was "acted on by the management team and subsequent revisits have all been very positive." The spokesperson added that the restaurant has hired a "third party food safety consultant."
According to Scores on the Doors, a database for restaurant hygiene rankings in the UK, the Birmingham restaurant has the lowest score compared to Pierre's other steakhouses. A location in London was awarded a score of one in May 2013, while Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Newcastle upon Tyne was awarded the top score of five in November of 2013. Unless the Birmingham restaurant requests a re-score, the zero rating will remain until the next scheduled inspection, which could be in anywhere from six to 18 months.