Michelin star chef joins The Midland

Manchester’s historic The Midland hotel has announced that Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan will take over the management of its two restaurants.

The news coincides with a £400,000 investment in the hotel’s food and beverage offering and could be encouraging for those looking for hospitality jobs.

The overhaul means that the hotel’s French restaurant, originally opened in 1903, will close in January for a major refurbishment before reopening in late February 2013.

Rogan’s appointment at The Midland caps an eventful year for the chef, with his restaurant L’Enclume achieving a second Michelin star, while also retaining its five AA Restaurant Guide Rosettes and achieving a full ‘10 out of 10’ Good Food Guide rating.

He said: “I have always loved Manchester – it’s like being in London, but on a smaller scale. It’s trendy and dynamic, but very accessible and friendly. Overall, the Manchester dining scene has been quite casual and bar-driven, but this is a great opportunity to set the trend for luxury dining, and the city is definitely ready for it.”

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