Masterchef champion Simon reveals new restaurant plans

Date published: 06 March 2018

Chadderton's star MasterChef champion Simon Wood has revealed plans to open his second restaurant.

Wood - who won the BBC’s MasterChef competition in 2015 - has won massive acclaim for his fine dining restaurant Wood, which he launched on First Street in Manchester city centre in September, 2017.

And now Wood, who appeared as a guest judge on last night's MasterChef on BBC One, has revealed his second establishment location will be in Chester.

Wood has signed a deal with Castlebridge Group who are developing a new Hotel Indigo in Chester, with the venue earmarked for opening in Spring, 2019.

Wood said: “Wood Chester will offer the same ethos as the restaurant in Manchester.

"We serve modern interpretations of traditional flavours with a focus on simple, seasonal dishes with the odd surprise along the way.

"It’s unfussy, high end dining with approachable staff, comfortable chairs and dishes guests want to order again and again.

“I have been delighted by how well we have been received in Manchester and can’t wait to take the restaurant to Chester with Hotel Indigo.

"They are a great brand that really fits with ours and we know there are plenty of foodies in Chester to enjoy my food.”

Wood Chester is set to open seven days a week serving breakfast, cocktails, room service and a full service lunch and dinner menu, including special lunch and early evening offerings.

Since winning MasterChef, former data analyst Wood has worked with Marcus Wareing, Theo Randal and Simon Rimmer before opening his own restaurant.

Since 2015 he has also been executive chef at Oldham Athletic FC and the Oldham Event Centre.

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