PAUL Kitching is to launch a new hotel and restaurant in Edinburgh after leaving his Juniper restaurant in Altrincham.
The Michelin-starred chef is going into business with his partner Katie O’Brien and told the Manchester Evening News they plan to start up a hotel-restaurant business in the Scottish capital after 12 years at Juniper.
The venture will be called Hotel Angela in tribute to the chef`s mother, who died in 2003.
Three sites are being considered in Edinburgh`s Georgian New Town. The couple plan to open a six-to-eight bedroom hotel with a modest 35-cover restaurant serving classic food in Kitching`s own unique style.
He said: “I have spent the last few years living up to a reputation. I felt trapped.
“Folk come up from London expecting dishes involving Weetabix and Horlicks, stuff I haven’t cooked for four five, years. It’s time for me to grow up, cook in a different way.”
Juniper`s leasehold owner Soups is looking for a new chef to take over the restaurant and retain the Michelin star Kitching has clung to for 11 years.