Top chef Simon Wood teams up with the chefs of the future for a special event

The Masterchef winner will train Manchester’s fledgling chefs to cook like him and serve it to diners for £35

By Kelly Bishop | Last updated 13 March 2023

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Manchester has an impressive number of excellent restaurants and Wood Restaurant, the fine dining operation from Masterchef winner Simon Wood, often comes up high on the city’s ‘best of’ lists. But if your budget is more than Lambrini than Lanson, you still have a chance to try the kinds of dishes that you’d find at Wood by attending Simon Wood’s upcoming event at The Manchester College.

On 22 March, Simon will be working with students from the college to help them to create his menu in their training kitchens. The front of house students will then serve the dishes to guests at the 1853 restaurant at their shiny new city centre campus near Manchester Arena.

The beautiful dining room at The Manchester College Image: Estates Interiors Photography

The Manchester College says events like these are crucial to safeguard the future of the hospitality industry. They give students the work experience of running a real restaurant service with the support of an esteemed celebrity chef and accomplished local employer.

The Chefs’ Forum Academy at The Manchester College sees different industry experts like Simon come into the college to teach for three hours each week. The college says it is “over the moon” about the meaningful work that Simon is doing with its young trainees. As Patron of The Chefs’ Forum Academy, Simon’s support as a mentor and support the next generation of hospitality professionals is invaluable. The chef has already employed several students from the college and says he will continue to offer jobs in his restaurants to students that he feels show promise.

Catherine Farinha (founder of The Forum) says: “Simons been with us since the beginning and its great to see such an amazing investment in The Manchester College and its students in their stunning new restaurant. We’ve been working with the college for the last five years and its so rewarding to see how much the chefs and students get out of this fantastic partnership which also sees students securing jobs.”

Guests will enjoy a four-course meal cooked by Manchester’s next top chefs. Image: Estates Interiors Photography

And it’s not just the future top chefs of Manchester that benefit. A small number of lucky diners can snap up a table at 1853 restaurant to enjoy the Simon Wood menu plus canapés for just £35 a head and support Manchester’s hospitality stars in the making. 

The evening commences at 6pm with canapés followed by a sit-down dinner featuring Simon’s ‘French Onion’ starter followed by a fish course of halibut with smoked maitake mushroom, a spring lamb main and childhood favourite rhubarb and custard for dessert. 

Date: Wednesday 22 March
Venue: 1853 restaurant, The Manchester College, city campus Manchester, 60 Great Ducie Street M31PT
Time: 6pm
Price: £35 for four courses and canapés