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EXCLUSIVE: James Martin To Open In Manchester

Saturday Kitchen chef will be in business before Xmas

Written by . Published on July 26th 2011.

EXCLUSIVE: James Martin To Open In Manchester

CELEBRITY chef James Martin plans to open a restaurant in Manchester city centre before the end of the year.

"It will be a similar concept to Leeds - good modern British food, honest food that people want trying to support local suppliers."

Confidential caught up with Martin at the International Cheese Awards, part of the Nantwich County Show.

He said he was looking to open five new restaurants in the North of England, including one in Manchester.

"We're looking at a couple of sites in Manchester," he said. "I can't tell you where though in case someone nicks the site.

"It will be a similar concept to Leeds - good modern British food, honest food that people want trying to support local suppliers.

"Too many chefs cook what they want instead of what people want to eat. I've spent a lot of time in Europe recently and it's really changed my ethos about the way I want to do things."

So there you go - Jamie's coming soon, and Sweet Baby James isn't far behind.

But where is Martin planning to open exactly? He was staying tight-lipped.

Confidential knows of one site he's already had a look at, not too far from the town hall, but we're sworn to secrecy.

Let the speculation commence...

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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

CBJuly 26th 2011.

erm....town hall extension?

AnonymousJuly 26th 2011.

international cheese awards? that photo should win one. Cheddar-tastic.

Simon BinnsJuly 26th 2011.

No and no.

John Boy WaltonJuly 26th 2011.

Is that shirt Cheese cloth?

van der GraafJuly 26th 2011.

Is it in the former ' Dutch Pancake House ' ?

Ruth AllanJuly 26th 2011.

looking forward to the arrival of james "ladies man" martin.

LichfieldJuly 26th 2011.

Did the photographer say, 'Say Cheese'??

Simon BinnsJuly 26th 2011.

Less of the shirt abuse. This is my best 'urban gentleman at country show' look.

CobbydalerJuly 26th 2011.

Looks more like best shirt made from a tablecloth nicked from a country teahouse...

AnonJuly 26th 2011.

Oooh! I love James Martin!

Simon SmithJuly 26th 2011.

If you don't give City updates I don't care less what CELEBRITY chef James Martin plans.

I've never heard of him.

Nobody has.

Lisa SpeakmanAugust 3rd 2011.

what about that awful eyesore at the top of King St which was the old HSBC? Is that still going to be "jamie's italian"? The scaffolding has been up for over a year now, it's ridiculous, it looks such a mess. It's a shame because the building underneath is so beautfiul.

P's - James who?? What's going to be on the menu, speedy omlette??

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