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Marco Pierre White to open second branded Chophouse in Manchester

Marco Pierre White is to open a brand new restaurant on Canal Street, that takes its theme from the classic English Chophouse.

Called Mr. White’s English Chophouse, the restaurant will be located in the Velvet Hotel that included the hugely popular Velvet Restaurant and is now owned by KRO Hospitality.

Due to open in April, the menu focuses around steaks and grills and combines English classics alongside the French flair that epitomises Marco’s cooking style, resulting in him becoming the youngest chef to achieve three Michelin stars. The Manchester chophouse is the second to open in the UK and closely follows a new venue in Whitechapel, London.

Mr Kim Eivind Krohn, owner of KRO Hospitality who are behind the investment in the venture said: “Having taken over the iconic Velvet Hotel Restaurant & Bar we’re now investing a significant amount of time and capital to open this fantastic new restaurant in what is one of Manchester’s most vibrant and exciting places to go out. Velvet Bar will continue to trade as normal and has just re-opened after a major refurbishment.

Commenting on the new restaurant Marco said: “What’s appealing about the chophouse is its simplicity. The menu is very simple and the whole idea is to be generous with the portions and to make things affordable. Another reason behind Mr White’s Chophouse is to revive what is a distinctively British idea, so it’s great to see it coming to fruition.”

Marco began his career over the Pennines in Yorkshire leaving Allerton High School in Leeds without any qualifications,deciding to train as a chef, beginning in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and later at the Box Tree in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. He began his classical training as a commis under Albert Roux and Michel Roux at Le Gavroch in London, becoming  Head Chef and joint owner of Harveys with a kitchen staff that included the young Gordon Ramsay. At 33, he become the youngest chef to be awarded three Michelin stars.