Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, Chef owner, Gary Usher, opened Wreckfish Bistro in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool city centre in October. With the campaign receiving high profile support from celebrities and several Michelin star chefs, last week saw the turn of chef Tom Kerridge who cooked a six-course menu at Wreckfish for over 100 guests, his first time cooking in Liverpool.
Chef and restauranteur, Gary Usher, launched a £200k crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year to open a fourth restaurant, Wreckfish. Five months down the line and £208,956 raised by 1,522 backers, the restaurant launched in October. Having already played host to a series of high profile chefs, including Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty, last week Wreckfish hosted an evening with celebrity chef and owner of The Hand and Flowers, Tom Kerridge and his team including head chef, Aaron Mulliss.
When the tickets launched for the event, all places sold out in just 15 minutes, raising over £11k towards the Kickstarter total. They were available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis, with impatient Kerridge fans claiming, “it was like waiting for Glastonbury tickets!”.
Guests were treated to a Michelin star menu, which included:
- Pork Puffs
- Lovage soup with Bramley apple, smoked eel, ham and cheese tortellini
- Chalk stream trout, rye, celery and olive sauce
- Chicken Chasseur with tomato fondue, roasted shallot and soft herb crust
- Smoked pineapple, whipped fromage blanc, almonds and rum
- The Coach profiteroles with crème Chantilly and 70% chocolate sauce
During his time at Wreckfish, Kerridge labeled Gary Usher a “beacon of light for young chefs”, claiming that he is hugely influential for a lot of young chefs in the industry. The full interview can be viewed below
Gary Usher comments: “We couldn’t have opened Wreckfish had it not been for the overwhelming support we received from some top chefs. It’s amazing to think that we’ve been open less than two months and already hosted some of the UK’s most high-profile chefs. We can’t thank Tom, Aaron, their team and everyone who joined us enough for a night that’s going to stick with us forever.”
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