Raymond Blanc on the success of Brasserie Blanc in Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 14:45 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 06 April 2018
Brasserie Blanc in Knutsford scooped the Restaurant of the Year accolade at Cheshire Life's Food and Drink Awards. Now the hunt is on to find this year's winner
When Brasserie Blanc in Knutsford won the coveted Restaurant of the Year accolade at the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards last year no-one could have been more delighted than their boss, the acclaimed chef Raymond Blanc.
He immediately tweeted his congratulations to his young team, who were themselves overjoyed to win the award.
Later in the year when the French chef famed for helping to revolutionise cooking in the UK visited the Regent Street restaurant he explained the secret of his success.
‘It’s not all about you, it is about giving that stranger that perfect moment. And that’s what I am trying to do at Brasserie Blanc,’ he explained.
‘Any restaurant that can be voted the best restaurant in Cheshire, the most loved one, it’s always most pleasing.’
What the judges loved about Brasserie Blanc was the relaxed service and great menu.
They said: ‘The stated aim of this restaurant was to create a place as warm and welcoming as a family home. Almost immediately, the customers did indeed make themselves at home, enjoying such French classics as moules marinieres, boeuf bourguignon and one of the best cheese soufflés you’ll find. Set menus of £11.95 for two courses merely added to the appeal. We needed no more excuse to make this our winner, but it helped that this was another venture from one of the nation’s most tireless, talented and engaging chefs.’
General manager, James Billson added: ‘Raymond Blanc wants to bring more up north, so we’re very proud to have won this. We’re fine dining that’s not stuffy – just great food and an ambience to match.’
With only a few months to go until the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2018, the hunt is now on to find a successor to Brasserie Blanc and the judges are heading to the region’s dining establishments to discover the shining stars of the culinary scene – helped by nominations from our readers.
July 16th is the date for this year’s awards ceremony, a sublimely glamorous affair which will once again be held at the magnificent Carden Park in Chester.
It’s always a hotly anticipated ticket because it gathers together the cream of the hospitality industry at an amazing location.
And with a menu cooked up by chef Graham Tinsley MBE and his team, there’s plenty to get excited about.
Said Graham: ‘We are thrilled to be hosting the Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards for the third consecutive year here at Carden Park Hotel. This prestigious event truly highlights the best in the industry and in particular my team and I always look forward to creating a show-stopping menu using the finest Cheshire ingredients. The awards are a fantastic opportunity for attendees to enjoy an evening of celebration and reward the dedication of everyone in hospitality’ w