Having won the Chef of the Year title in 2014, and seen Simon Rogan at The French pick up the accolade of Best Restaurant in 2015, it comes as no surprise to see chef Adam Reid up for the Chef of the Year Award once more.
With his growing media profile, including featuring on BBC2's Great British Menu, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Reid named as 2016’s Chef of the Year, but he is just happy to be nominated, because it means he must be pushing forwards and doing something right!
He was installed into The Midland almost 4 years ago, at the beginning under the close supervision of Simon Rogan but now basically running the kitchen himself and he has learnt practically everything there is to know about the Manchester Food scene – he acknowledges just how difficult it can be to compete with so many other great chefs and restaurants for diners.
After cruelly being overlooked for a Michelin star last year (along with the Manchester House) all eyes will be on them when the Guide comes out again in October, with Reid confident that his team have managed to improve over the last year, and should be fully deserving of the accolade. He admits that it would be “amazing” to win one, but tempers that by saying there are “no guarantees” and that it’s the press and the media that “make a bigger deal of it” than the restaurant staff themselves – for them it’s all about their next service.
Whilst it would be a fantastic achievement to get that Star, the restaurant continues to perform well, with a place in the Good Food Guide Top 20 UK Restaurants, and 4 Rosettes helping to make it stand out from the crowd in Manchester, and proving that Reid and his team are continuing to improve their offering at The French.
The buzz words both for the last year and for the future have been “refining” and “improving” the menu on offer to diners at the restaurant, with a great focus on creating innovative and delicious dishes such as the current Pig’s Trotter & Belly Croquettes, served with a pickled onion puree or the infamous Ox in coal oil. Trying to create stunning dishes that are also affordable and accessible to the average Manchester Foodie is a challenge that he is looking to take head on.
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