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<b>Friday 1 February:</b> Kitching quits, Manchester mayor election and Benjani misses the blues

Published on February 1st 2008.

TOP CHEF, Paul Kitching is quitting his role at Juniper in Altrincham. Kitching attained the restaurant a Michelin star, which will reportedly remain with the restaurant for one year. Kitching will be leaving to further his career outside the region. The same standards will have to be matched by Kitching’s replacement in order for the restaurant to keep the award. Juniper is now seeking an ambitious chef to retain Manchester’s only Michelin star.

A US-STYLE mayor could be introduced to Manchester. A referendum is to be held in Bury in coming months to determine whether an elected mayor would be beneficial to the city on matters such as the congestion charge. If a mayor was voted in, it is likely that they would work within the cabinet, delegating powers to individual council members. They would also set the budget.

MANCHESTER CENTRAL, formerly known as G-Mex, is to get a £20m revamp. Manchester-based architects Stephenson Bell are drawing up plans for the conference, concert and exhibition centre with the aim to increase its international appeal. One of the main features of the project is a glass façade for the frontage on Windmill Street.

MANCHESTER CITY has missed out on Zimbabwean footballer Benjani Mwaruwari as the January transfer window closed last night. The move fell through as the player failed to arrive in Manchester before the midnight deadline. Benjani was due to move to City from Portsmouth. This means that Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp now has an extra striker at Fratton Park.

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DrakeFebruary 1st 2008.

Surprised no-one's offered Kitching a place in the city centre--City Inn for instance? Not that he'd probably enjoy cooking at such a place. Could see him heading up Simon L'Enclume Rogan's new operation in Henley though. Very similar ideas (even if Rogan's a ten times better cook). Goodbye to the last star then (and good of Kitching to leave it till after the release of the new Michelin Guide to announce).

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