Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owens to open Home in Leeds

By Joe Lutrario

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Elizabeth Cottam and Mark Owens to open Home in Leeds

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Elizabeth Cottam, a semi-finalist of last year’s MasterChef, and Mark Owens, former head chef at the Michelin-starred The Box Tree in Ilkley, are to open a restaurant in Leeds later this week.

Home describes its approach as “fine dining, reimagined” and open its doors on 18 August on Kirkgate, Leeds city centre.

The restaurant will offer set menus only. There will be a three-course lunch menu and five and ten-course tasting menus. Dishes from the launch menus include smoked sweet peas, fettle, mint; venison tartare, carrots, liquorice; BBQ Pork, relish, corn; and caramelised pear and cardamom slice with vanilla.

“After MasterChef I knew I wanted more from, and for, the Yorkshire restaurant scene. Encouraged by the judges’ recommendations that I had professional potential I sought out more experience, and met Mark at The Box Tree where we quickly found we had lots in common with our approach – not least our shared passion for great food, and even better service,” says Cottam. “It really got us thinking that there could be a place for something else in the Leeds restaurant scene.”

After meeting at The Box Tree, the pair went on to work together at The New Ellington hotel in Leeds city centre.

Home will seat 65 and will be located in a 3,669 sq ft space that has previously been a dance hall, billiard club, cinema and Indian restaurant. 

There will be a chefs' table and the pair have also created a monthly ‘guinea pig’ dinner party concept where guests can book to dine, but will not be given a menu for the evening – each course will be a surprise for guests, presented with an explanation by Home’s front of house team.

“We’re coming at this with a ‘Home by name, home by nature’ approach and our monthly-changing menus will be a true celebration of everything Great British produce has to offer. We’ve spent a lot of time working together on our first menus and I know that we’ve found the very best that the country has to offer,” says Owens. 

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