British food is having somewhat of a shake up at the moment. Gone are the days of young chefs slaving away in big name kitchens in London. Instead a lot of talented chefs are taking it upon themselves to open up their own restaurants, putting their own stamp on their properties and really honing their skills. To celebrate we have compiled a list of our seven favorite chefs to look out for in 2018.
Mark Birchall – Moor Hall, Aughton
Having honed his culinary skills at Michelin starred restaurants such as The Walnut Tree in Wales, Northcote in Lancashire, where he worked alongside chef Nigel Haworth, and L’Enclume by Simon Rogan, Mark Birchall knows what it’s like to work in truly world-class fine dining settings. He eventually became head chef—and then executive chef—at L’Enclume and won the prestigious Roux scholarship in 2011, which gave him the opportunity to work at three Michelin starred El Cellar de Can Roca by the Roca brothers for three months.
With the aspirations to open his own restaurant he then went on to buy Moor Hall with his business partners Andy and Tracey Bell. The restaurant was finally ready to open early 2017, combining a historic façade with modern British fine dining plates that take inspiration from Moor Hall’s natural surroundings. Towards the end of October, Birchall then launched his second restaurant here; the adjoining dining spot, the Barn. With such ambition and culinary talent, it’s no surprise Birchall is pegged as one of Britain’s prominent rising chefs.