Aiden Byrne

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Aiden Byrne
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Kirkby, Merseyside, England[1][2]
Style British with Italian tones
Spouse(s) Sarah Byrne (m. 2013)
Children 3
Website
Official website

Aiden Byrne (born 1972[3]) is an English chef, best known as the owner of a number of establishments including The Collingwood, a bar and restaurant in West Kirby.[4]

Career[edit]

Aiden is best known for opening The Collingwood pub in West Kirby a number of years ago.

He owns The Church Green in Lymm, Cheshire.[5] He also runs the British Grill in the Macdonald Hotel at Craxton Wood, near Chester.[6]

In 2002, he earned a Michelin star for his cooking in The Commons Restaurant in Dublin, Ireland. Before this position he worked at Roscoff Restaurant under Paul Rankin and Peacock Alley under Conrad Gallagher[7] Formerly head chef of the Grill Room at the Dorchester Hotel in London,[8] but left in January 2009 to run his own pub in Cheshire.[9]

At Adlards in Norwich, by age 22, Byrne was the youngest chef to win a Michelin Star.[10] He worked at a number of Michelin-Starred establishments. At Danesfield House and Spa,[11] near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, he was Executive Chef of the Oak Room and The Orangery Restaurants.[12] Prior to this, he spent two years as Head Chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant, Tom Aikens.[8] Byrne previously worked with Tom Aikens at the "Pied à Terre" restaurant as a sous chef.[13] He appeared on the television programme MasterChef in 2008.[14]

His first book, Made in Great Britain, was released in September 2008, along with a video podcast series of the same name based on the book, produced by pod3.tv.[15]

In 2013/14, Aiden opened a new restaurant in the city of Manchester called Manchester House, a restaurant that cost around £3 million to create. Byrne's journey to opening this restaurant was featured in a three-part series for BBC Two called Restaurant Wars: The Battle for Manchester which was aired on the channel throughout April 2014. The other restaurant featured in the series was The French which was opened by Simon Rogan around the same time as Manchester House.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Byrne married wife Sarah in 2013 in Mauritius. The couple have three children.

Charity[edit]

Each year Aiden elects a charity for his restaurants to support. In 2013, the charity was Brainwave. One event which he held for this charity was gourmet evening which raised £4,380 for this cause.[17] He has previously supported the 'Movember' appeal as well as The Prince's Trust charity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A web of delight; MARK THOMAS TRUST THE POST.(Features)". Daily Post (Liverpool) via HighBeam Research. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2012.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Pinch, Emma (9 September 2008). "Spurred on to cook in spite of the bullies; Chef's Table Emma Pinch talks to the chef who became the youngest person to win a Michelin star.". Daily Post via HighBeam Research. Retrieved 18 September 2012.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Drink-drive celeb chef spared jail; BAN". The Mirror via HighBeam Research. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "The Collingwood in West Kirby". thefoodplace.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Profile of The Church Green
  6. ^ "Aiden Byrne to launch British Grill at Macdonald Hotel Craxton Wood", caterersearch.com, 16 June 2011.
  7. ^ "If you can't stand the heat..."[dead link]
  8. ^ a b Rayner, Jay (27 May 2007). "Just don't look up". The Observer (UK). Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "Dorchester head chef leaving to run own pub". caterersearch.com. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Pinch, Emma (9 September 2008). "Spurred on to cook in spite of the bullies; Chef's Table Emma Pinch talks to the chef who became the youngest person to win a Michelin star.". Daily Post via HighBeam Research. Retrieved 18 September 2012.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ Shearer, Paul (19 April 2006). "Danesfield House Hotel and Spa, Buckinghamshire". The Times (UK). Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  12. ^ Jones, Lewis (20 September 2006). "The great Bucks tuck-in". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  13. ^ "Chef biogs: Aiden Byrne". BBC. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/chefs/aiden_byrne
  15. ^ "Made in Great Britain". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  16. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b041drpl
  17. ^ http://www.aidenbyrne.co.uk/default.aspx

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