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Star Attraction – the celebrity chefs taking Liverpool food scene by storm

A boom in quality food and drink establishments of late has confirmed Liverpool’s status as a foodie heaven and some of the biggest culinary names are lining up for a slice of the action
as Jean Christophe Novelli gets set to be the latest celebrity chef to open up a restaurant in the city with further star arrivals said to be on the horizon we take a look at some of the
well-known experts who have been making waves through the local food and drink scene.

Jean Christophe Novelli

Jean Christophe Novelli

Jean Christophe Novelli

With a late summer opening in the pipeline, AA Rosette and multi Michelin star-winning French chef Jean Christophe Novelli is the latest big name to be cooking up a venture in Liverpool.

Launching within the long-awaited DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool – a luxury hotel in the Grade II-listed former Conservative Club on Sir Thomas Street, which is now taking bookings from the end of August – the Jean Christophe Novelli at Michelle restaurant will be its dining and  catering attraction.

With a menu which Jean Christophe promises will “wow even the most seasoned diner but remains honest and true, relaxed and stylish, French yet with a contemporary and local spin,” the eatery will serve breakfast, lunch and evening meals as well as catering functions and events at the hotel.

As well as French favourites including snails and frogs’ legs, the menu will feature intriguing combinations of sweet and savoury flavours such as chicken and chocolate, French onion soup with vanilla, and slow-cooked beef and liquorice served with horseradish dumplings.

“I am a health conscious chef, realising now what damages excess can do, so I have created combinations to substitute the obvious flavour enhancers like salt, sugars and saturated fats, using produce like vanilla pods, chocolate, herbs, spices and honey,” explains Jean Christophe.

Meanwhile there’ll be taster plates of  oysters, langoustines and baked Scottish scallops, and an Aberdeen Angus beef ‘Novelli Burger’ with beaufort cheese and home style ketchup will be accompanied by ‘singing fries’ – three times cooked fries which have then been blasted with heat to give off a high-pitched sizzle.

Coupling the food with a sense of fun, guests will also be treated to ‘table theatre’ during their meals, as chickens are carved and fish are filleted at the tables.

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White

Proving that Liverpool diners love a sprinkle of star quality when eating out, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill has enjoyed several years of success in the city so far.

Marco, the first British chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, brought his signature dishes to Chapel Street’s boutique Hotel Indigo where a day and night offering of fish, meat and
vegetarian options as well as a selection of 28-day aged beef steaks compliments the colourful surroundings.

The menu aims to comprise of ‘everything you would imagine from a traditional steakhouse but with the superior individuality you would expect from Marco Pierre White’.

“Having Marco’s name above the door obviously raises expectations with diners – people come to a Marco Pierre White restaurant expecting the best of the best,” says Hotel Indigo’s general manager, Stephanie Cannell-Corcoran. “So it is our job to meet and exceed those expectations and make our guests feel like VIPs with quality food and attentive, friendly service.

“We’ve been here for four years now, and our customers fell in love with the restaurant from day one, which is amazing.”

Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer

As well as taking care of his popular restaurants Earle in Cheshire and the vegetarian Greens in Manchester, whilst remaining a TV regular with his presenting role on  Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Simon Rimmer has found time to stir up Liverpool’s food and drink scene too.

His venture, The Elephant Pub & Bakehouse, breathed new life into Woolton’s wellknown The Elephant Pub with an extensive refurbishment and a focus on home-cooked food made from locally sourced produce.

”We use as many local suppliers as possible and make all of our food fresh on site from homemade sauces and chutney to cakes and bakes,” says Simon. “This has allowed us the opportunity to recruit and develop a team of talented young chefs.”

In recent weeks the venue has sealed its success in the city with a celebration of its first birthday – the latest in a line of events to attract people to the eatery. “Throughout the year we have hosted a number of community events from fireworks to farm yard animals and we are hugely grateful that the people of Woolton have been eager to join in the fun.”

Meanwhile its neighbouring Liberty Tavern is another foodie destination which is being headed up by the versatile chef, serving up ‘timeless American food, drinks and music’.

As this second venue also gets set for a first anniversary bash and a new menu, which will launch with a 17 September ‘Slice of America’ party, the team has been going to lengths to achieve stateside authenticity.

“In preparation for this celebration we recently took nine of our team to New York City to find inspiration for our new menu launch,” adds Simon. “During this visit we took inspiration from food trucks, BBQ shacks, diners and top class restaurants across New York.”

Like the sound of Simon Rimmer’s Slice of America party? We’ve got tickets to giveaway to one lucky Your Move reader!

You could win a table for four at the 17 September event, taking place at the star chef’s Liberty Tavern eatery in Woolton Village. The fabulous foodie prize will include a three-course stateside-inspired meal and two bottles of wine for the table.

To be in with a chance of winning the top prize, just head over to Twitter and tweet @yourmovemag the answer to this simple question:

Simon Rimmer presents Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Who is his co-host on the TV show?

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 21 August.


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