With over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Mike Reid has become a recognizable name and an experienced restauranteur who has appeared on numerous television shows and run multiple restaurant groups with an annual turnover of 54 million per year. His latest stint is on the Channel 4 competition series Five Star Chef, which began streaming on Netflix in July 2023.
Five Star Chef follows a group of seven hopeful gourmet chefs competing for the chance of a lifetime: owning a restaurant in the prestigious Langham Hotel in London. Mike serves as one of the judges alongside the hotel’s resident chef Michel Roux Jr., and pastry expert Ravneet Gill.
Across six episodes, these seven chefs are challenged to push their gastronomic expertise to its limits. But for those curious to learn more about some of the judges on the show, namely Mike Reid, keep reading.
How many restaurants does Five Star Chef Judge Mike Reid have?
According to Mike Reid’s official website, he has assisted in opening 15 restaurants in locations all over the world, including Australia, the UK, Beirut, Amsterdam, and Dubai.
Working alongside esteemed CEO Martin Williams, the founder of Rare Restaurants-which encompasses Gaucho and M Restaurants, Mike and Martin have opened a restaurant nearly every year since they started in 2014, with the first restaurant on Threadneedle Street, followed by one in Victoria one year later and then in Twickenham in 2017.
Here’s what Mike had to say in a conversation with Open Table:
"“I’ve been with Martin [Williams] in M Restaurants since the beginning,” Mike explained. “Our first restaurant was on Threadneedle Street in November 2014, we opened Victoria exactly a year later in 2015 and we’ve now just opened Twickenham in September 2017, so we’ve averaged a restaurant almost every year with three now open since we started.”"
Five Star Chef judge Mike Reid’s TV projects
Five Star Chef might be one of his newest projects, but Mike Reid has been on several other television shows before that. He co-hosts the Australian series My Market Kitchen and Ten Minute Kitchen. In 2020, he starred on the BBC show Ready Steady Cook.