Leading chefs from across the north of England and beyond are lined up to appear at this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar show.
They will include Nacho Manzano (pictured), who has three Michelin stars at his restaurants in Spain, Casa Marcial in the Asturian mountains and La Salgar in Gijón. He is also executive chef of Iberica which will shortly open its first northern site in Manchester.
The show, which takes place at Manchester Central on March 17 and 18, will also feature Kenny Atkinson, who has established House of Tides in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to critical acclaim, Michael O’Hare of Leeds restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain, and Simon Shaw, who is due to open El Gato Negro Tapas in Manchester.
It will also include Michael Wignall who holds two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes for The Latymer The Latymer at Pennyhill Park in Surrey and is overseeing the cuisine at the new Hotel Football due to open in Manchester this year.
More star names are due to be confirmed in January. Thom Hetherington, chief executive of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said: “The north has always punched above its weight in terms of food and drink, but this seems to have been the year that the rest of the world has woken up to its strength and potential.
“Northern operators are thriving, and big names are rushing to embrace the region. Our job is to make sure Northern Restaurant & Bar reflects this surge of commercial and creative vibrancy.”
The exhibition will be 15% bigger this year, including over 250 exhibitors and more than 50 tastings, talks and demos. All of the usual features and programmes will be refreshed and enhanced, from the Spirit Room and Drinks Live to Market Kitchen and a new Craft Beer Quarter.
The organisers are planning the strongest-ever NRB Top 50 Awards, recognising the leading operators in hospitality in the north, in association with Manchester solicitors Kuits. They also promise a name of global resonance to headline the NRB Debate.
Northern Restaurant & Bar forms the hub of Northern Hospitality Week (NHW), five days of class-leading industry debates and special one-off business events. It also includes industry charity dinners such as Action Against Hunger’s Too Many Critics, a host of industry association meetings and visitor discounts and special offers in bars and restaurants.
For more information, visit www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk.