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Simon Martin From Mana, Manchester’s First Michelin Starred Chef in a Generation, to Demo at Norther

Simon Martin from Mana, Manchester’s first Michelin starred chef in a generation, leads the bill of top chefs demonstrating at the 20th edition of Northern Restaurant & Bar at Manchester Central on 17-18 March 2020.

Northern Restaurant and Bar, one of the UK’s largest hospitality trade shows, prides itself on showcasing some of the industry’s leading chefs alongside up and coming names in its Chef Live theatre, and 2020 represents one of its most exciting line-ups yet.

Simon Martin from Mana will be doing his first industry demo at NRB20 after winning a Michelin star last year, the first in Manchester since 1977. Mana opened in 2018 in Ancoats, described by Time Out as one of the “world’s coolest neighbourhoods”.

Joining Simon and adding to the line up of chefs from Michelin starred restaurants are Paul Leonard who recently took over at The Forest Side in Grasmere, Ryan Blackburn from The Old Stamp House in Ambleside, and Tommy Banks from The Black Swan in Oldstead.

Also on the roster are two chefs on a fast track to the very top, with outstanding reviews from national critics. Thom Hetherington, CEO of Northern Restaurant & Bar explains why he has chosen Mark Owens from HOME and The Owl in Leeds, and Swedish chef Alex Nietosvouri from Restaurant Hjem.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB, said, “We continually scour the region looking for talented individuals to inspire our visitors at NRB. Both Mark and Alex have had esteemed careers, but it feels like they are really establishing their own voice and vision with their cooking, so we’re delighted to bring them to the Chef Live stage.”

From London, NRB is delighted to welcome Ben Tish, Culinary Director of The Stafford in London. Ben will be demonstrating dishes from his recently opened restaurant Norma which is a Sicilian-Moorish influenced restaurant on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia.

Back on the Chef Live stage this year is Aiden Byrne who has just announced that he is taking over the historic Black Friar pub in Salford. After a £2m transformation, it is set to open in late summer 2020.

Brian Mellor will once again be hosting the demos in Chef Live, having been with NRB for much its twenty years. Brian will be choosing two people from the audience for each demo to join him at the Chef’s Table to see the chef working up close and taste the finished dishes.

2020 is the twentieth edition of Northern Restaurant & Bar, taking place 17-18 March 2020

at Manchester Central. NRB provides an opportunity for leading operators, suppliers and

industry figures to meet, speak and do business. From Liverpool to Leeds, the North East to the North West and the Lake District to the Peak District, NRB brings the cream of the hospitality industry to Manchester. Free trade only tickets are available on the website.

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