In Search of Stardom

27 February 2008

Michael Caines, two-Michelin starred chef is set to open his fine dining restaurant at ABode Hotel next week in the city centre in an attempt to end Manchester’s 20 year drought of Michelin stars. Michael thinks that Manchester is the most important city in the country at the moment, probably why £2m has been spent making over the building formerly the Rossetti, in Piccadilly.

“Manchester deserves a Michelin star. I hope we are the ones to bring it here.â€? Baring that challenge in mind, Michael has decided to install Ian Matfin as executive chef. Matfin, having worked under some of the most renowned chefs in the business including Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc should rise to the challenge. Matfin also shows good form having been head chef at Gidleigh Park in Dartmoor, the establishment where Caines won his two Michelin stars.

The restaurant, located in the basement of the building, will be called Michael Caines at ABode and is set to open on March 17. As well as the restaurant, the hotel will comprise of 61 loft style bedrooms and a full floor of penthouse suites. Caines had a choice to open the same establishment in London, he chose Manchester instead, which says a lot. Let’s hope his choice pays off.