Rogan to leave Manchester’s The French

Michelin starred Chef Simon Rogan is set to leave The French restaurant after only three years, it has been announced.
 
Rogan had a five-year contract at the famous restaurant based in Manchester’s Midland Hotel, but has decided to depart later this month in order to focus on his other restaurants. He will also leave his role at Mr Cooper's House & Garden, which is based at the same hotel.
 
From the beginning of November, The French will be renamed Adam Reid at The French and will continue to be led by Reid as its Head Chef, with Robert Taylor remaining in the same job at Mr Cooper’s.
 
The news marks another high point for Reid who has had a stellar 2016 after starring in the latest series of the BBC’s Great British Menu in which he qualified for the national finals after winning the North West heat.
 
The restaurant is set to relaunch in January 2017 with a new menu designed by Reid.
 
Speaking about the changes, Reid said: "This is a huge opportunity for me to showcase my own cooking style, which has been developing over the past decade.
 
“I want to make Manchester proud and ensure that The French will continue to evolve and impress its local and national customers."
 
Rogan will now focus on his UMBEL restaurant group, which includes the two Michelin starred L'Enclume in Cartmel and the Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge's in London, while Mike Magrane will also leave his role as General Manager at the Midland Hotel in order to relocate to London.
 
Rogan’s decision quickly follows the announcement that The French has once again missed out on a Michelin star, with the guide instead choosing to reward the likes of Peel's at Hampton Manor in Solihull, Sosban & the Old Butchers in Anglesey, Thomas Carr at The Olive Room in Devon, Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windemere and Tudor Room at Great Fosters Hotel in Surrey.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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