• New Exec Chef Shaun Moffat appointed by group behind Cottonopolis, Edinburgh Castle and Libertine

New Exec Chef Shaun Moffat appointed by group behind Cottonopolis, Edinburgh Castle and Libertine

21 September 2022 by Deanna Thomas

South African born Shaun Moffat has been appointed to head up the kitchens of three of Manchester’s most popular dining destinations; Cottonopolis Northern Quarter, Edinburgh Castle Ancoats and the newly opened Libertine in Withington.

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Moffat has experience working in highly esteemed kitchens in the South West and the capital including positions with Mark Hix and at the Jamie Oliver Group. Moffat also specialised in live fire cooking at John Salt and headed-up theopening team at Middle Eastern grill house, Berber & Q. His latest role was at Manteca in Shoreditch, which was awarded a Bib Gourmand and reached number 11 in the National Restaurant Awards ‘Top 100’.


Cottonopolis - Image: Itsmelouis

Moffat was recently part of the senior culinary team at the sustainable and ethically responsible member’s club, The Conduit - a collaborative community of people committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future. He has also worked the kitchens at Nest, a hyper-seasonal tasting menu restaurant in Hackney.

His cooking style has a strong focus on nose-to-tail eating, English seasonal vegetables, pickles and ferments to create comforting and exciting menus.


Edinburgh Castle - Image: Itsmelouis

Moffat said: “Alongside my passion-project, 'Win Some', I have a real devotion for only cooking in a sustainable and seasonal way. I’m really looking forward to joining the group to drive their offering further.

I can’t wait to become a part of Manchester’s already thriving restaurant scene, and in particular, to immerse myself with its local traders, farmers and gardeners to create the best offering available.”


Libertine - Image: Itsmelouis

With directors Nick and Hayley Muir at the helm, the group provides the city with some of its most popular hospitality destinations. They commented: “This is a really exciting time for our venues. We’re always looking for ways to progress our food and drink offering, and feel that Shaun’s creativity, sustainable ethos and passionate drive will elevate our menus to the next level.”

Cottonopolis Food & Liquor, Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE

Edinburgh Castle, 19 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5EP

Libertine, 437 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 4AN