Chefs’ Manchester kitchen battle to air on TV

A behind-the-scenes documentary charting the trials and tribulations of two leading British chefs as they both attempt to open fine dining restaurants in Manchester is set to air next week.

Film crews have been following acclaimed chefs Simon Rogan and Aiden Byrne over the last 12 months as they’ve set about launching new restaurants in Manchester just a few hundred yards from one another.

The programme, which will be broadcast over three episodes, will show the chefs opening their kitchens and restaurants and shine a spotlight on the intricacies of designing and building a fine dining venue.

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In the first episode, Rogan takes over at The French restaurant, housed in Manchester’s historic Midland Hotel. This is Rogan’s first foray in to a permanent city restaurant, but the news of his arrival and elaborate 10-course tasting menu is met with resistance by the staff and customers.

Meanwhile, across the city in a tiny development kitchen, Aiden Byrne puts the finishing touches to a menu that he hopes will put him back in to the arena of fine dining since winning a Michelin star nearly 20 years ago. First he must impress his backer who has spent £3m creating Manchester House, the restaurant that Aiden is set to helm.

‘Restaurant Wars: The Battle For Manchester’ begins on BBC 2 on Monday 14 April from 8pm-9pm.

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