20 Stories appoint Brian Hughson as new Head Chef

With more than 25 years of culinary experience, Brian has already started work on site at the prestigious restaurant.

By Steven Pankhurst | Last updated 26 February 2019

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Starting his career in May 1998, Brian’s expertise and knowledge have taken him on a whirlwind journey leading to working in world renowned and recognised venues across London, Dubai and Manchester.

Brian’s first steps in the kitchens of Manchester began shortly after the opening of Mash and Air in 1997 and, thereafter, he quickly worked his way up through some prestigious establishments.

Notably, Brian worked with the likes of Henri Brosi at The Grill at The Dorchester, Gary Rhodes at Rhodes W1, The Savoy Grill with Gordon Ramsay and The Belvedere with Marco Pierre White, to name but a few establishments throughout his career.


Deepening his knowledge further, Brian Hughson’s culinary repertoire flourished as he took to private functions, even catering for Her Majesty The Queen and The Prince of Wales.

Classically trained, Brian has promised that his style at 20 Stories will be very much about “Good honest food”.

“I’m not here to try and re-educate anyone. Diners in this city are far more discerning than they were 20 years ago. I have some big boots to fill here at 20 Stories but I’m really excited about the role,” he said.

“20 Stories is an iconic restaurant at the heart of a city where the food scene has blossomed over the last few years. Manchester has become a destination for diners with high standards and the city has responded with a number of fantastic restaurants.

“I love it here. The restaurant scene in the city is growing and it really keeps you on your toes.”

Brian has promised that 2019 will see significant changes at 20 Stories, all designed to keep the highest restaurant in the city at the top of its game.

He added: “My role is an important one – to lead the fantastic team here at 20 Stories and make sure we do things in the best way possible.”


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