London French restaurant: cross-channel competition. French cuisine is synonymous with haute cuisine, and exerts a powerful influence over the world’s top chefs and kitchens. French gastronomic traditions are on UNESCO’s list of the world’s 'intangible cultural heritage', but French cuisine is often derided for its unimaginative richness. This misses the subtlety that French cuisine is capable of and indeed, much of this derision originates from the British, France’s traditional enemies. These days, however, you can find many top French restaurants in London, and some – such as that of Soho-based masterchef Joël Robuchon, the most Michelin-starred chef in history – say that London has long overtaken Paris as the world capital of cuisine.