Northern stars shine at Northern Restaurant & Bar

Twelve of the North’s most talented chefs, including Mark Birchall, Michael Wignall, Mary Ellen McTague, Shaun Rankin & Tom Parker, with a sprinkling of Michelin stars, prepare their signature dishes and share their own secrets and tips to take back to your kitchen in Chef Live at NRB19.

 Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019, the North’s hospitality trade exhibition, is delighted to announce the line-up for the Chef Live theatre which includes award-winning names plus a sprinkling of Michelin stars from chefs including Tom Parker and Mark Birchall, and also rising stars such as Anton Piotrowski and Josh Overington.

As well as featuring a roll-call of the North’s leading restaurants, NRB19 is keeping it current with some exciting recent and impending launches. Michael Wignall is returning to the North after a Michelin starred career which took him across the UK, having taken the helm at the legendary Angel at Hetton.  Equally Shaun Rankin, another Michelin-starred chef, is returning to his Yorkshire roots to oversee the restaurant at Grantley Hall, the ambitious spa hotel opening near Ripon in the Spring.

“I’m so proud of the line-up for NRB this year. The North of England boasts an unprecedented proportion of the UK’s best restaurants, and I think that has enabled us to pull together a set of chefs who are not only exceptional but represent all that is exciting, contemporary and relevant about cooking in the region,” said NRB CEO Thom Hetherington.

“There are so many of my personal favourites at NRB19, and I am sure our industry visitors will feel the same. I suspect spots at our exclusive Chef’s Table, where fellow chefs and leading food writers get to sit alongside their cooking idols as they work, and taste the finished dishes, will be in huge demand this year.”

Once again NRB is offering the chance for two lucky people to win two places for them and an industry colleague, at the Chef’s Table to watch the cooking up close and taste the finished dishes. To win a place, simply enter online at  by Friday 8 March 2019. Chefs will be allocated at random on the day of your choice.


The NRB19 Chef Live line-up includes:

Alisdair Brooke -Taylor, The Moorcock, West Yorkshire

‘This is an astonishingly assured opening. Start planning your visit now’ Jay Rayner, The Guardian

Michael Wignall, Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire

‘The Angel at Hetton is a Yorkshire institution and under new chef Michael Wignall it looks set to soar’ Elaine Lemm, The Yorkshire Post

Mark Birchall, Moor Hall, Lancashire

“Mark Birchall brings his knowledge and experience together in a style of his own, where skilfully executed dishes combine the classic flavours of the region with modern techniques and a light touch.” – The Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019

Adam Reid, Adam Reid at The French, Manchester

“Adam Reid has been making his presence felt with a fully up-to-the-minute operation…” – The AA Restaurant Guide 2019

Stosie Madi, The Parkers Arms, Lancashire

“Stosie Madi continues to turn out some of the most exciting, most accomplished food in the North” at “this lovely, well-run pub in a pretty village at the edge of the Forest of Bowland”, which is “very much worth the trip”. Hardens

Josh Overington, Le Cochon Aveugle, York

‘As the beautiful meal plays out, it all starts to make a Through The Looking Glass kind of sense’ Marina O’Loughlin, The Guardian

Anton Piotrowski, Roski, Liverpool

‘Chocolate soil, Marmite butter, tree trunk plates… It may sound odd, but Röski is note perfect’ Jay Rayner, The Guardian

Mary Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Manchester

‘Michelin be damned — there’s no sour note in this little oasis’ Marina O’Loughlin, The Times

Shaun Rankin, Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin is a renowned, published chef with TV accolades and a passion for the fresh produce of the Channel Islands where he resides. Shaun is returning to his Yorkshire roots to open a fine-dining restaurant at Grantley Hall, which is due to open in the spring.

 Tom Parker, White Swan at Fence, Lancashire

The Michelin Guide said: “A Michelin Star for lovely village pub The White Swan where chef Tom Parker lets his wonderful ingredients shine.”

 Simon Wood, Wood Manchester

‘…serves up dishes that are devoured in moments and talked about fondly for weeks’ Grace Dent, The Guardian

Mai Trising, The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale

Runner up in the North West Young Chef of the Year, sponsored by Essential Cuisine

Northern Restaurant & Bar is the North’s hospitality exhibition and provides an opportunity for operators, suppliers and industry figures to meet, speak and do business. From Liverpool to Leeds, the North east to North West and the Lake District to the Peak District, NRB19 brings the cream of the hospitality industry to Manchester Central on 19-20 March.

NRB19 hosts 250+ exhibitors providing every product and service a hospitality business needs and delivers 65 exciting live food & drink demos. Free trade only tickets are available now at

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