Belfast Telegraph

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White to open steakhouse in east Belfast

Exclusive by John Mulgrew

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is opening his first restaurant in Northern Ireland, it can be revealed.

The chef, the youngest cook to hold three Michelin stars, is set to launch one of his franchised Steakhouse Bar and Grill eateries in east Belfast.

It's understood the chain is in the process of finalising a deal to open here.

It's now been confirmed the new Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will open in October following an agreement with the chef’s restaurant company Black & White Hospitality.

The new spot is set to create around a dozen jobs.

There are already nine of the restaurants in the UK.

There is also a Steakhouse Bar and Grill in Dublin, along with the linked Courtyard Bar and Grill in the city's Donnybrook district.

The 53-year-old television regular has other chain eateries, as well as his own high-end steakhouse in London.

At the forefront of the renaissance of British cooking in the Eighties and Nineties, Pierre White was the boss behind the stove on ITV cookery show Hell's Kitchen.

He is also well-known as the face of Knorr stock cubes, fronting a series of television advertisements for the brand.

Steakhouse Bar and Grill offers a range of grilled meats along with fish and other dishes.

It has a raft of classic French and British starters, each with their own modern twist. A spokesman for the firm was not available for comment to the Belfast Telegraph last night.

It is the latest high-profile restaurant to eye up the local market.

It's understood Italian chain Carluccio's, founded by chef Antonio Carluccio, has been planning to open in Belfast, too.

News of Pierre White's move into the Northern Ireland market comes as one of our home-grown top-end restaurants, Ox in Belfast, was named Restaurant of the Year at the Editors Awards from the 2016 Good Food Guide.

Belfast Telegraph