David Moore, owner of Pied a Terre, has backed a new venture in Harrogate, north Yorkshire from Tom van Zeller, a former chef at the two Michelin-starred London restaurant.
The chef's eponymous restaurant in Harrogate's Montpelier quarter opened last week serving a modern British menu. Moore, who has taken up a non-executive director role in the business, advised on workloads, suppliers and investors in the operation, but insisted that the menu is "all down to Tom".
"Lots of people come through the kitchen at Pied a Terre so there's only a few you remember, but I instantly remembered Tom as he was a very talented cook," he told Caterersearch. "I love the idea of being able to help someone who worked for me, like Raymond Blanc] helped me when I started with Pied a Terre."
Van Zeller, who worked at Pied a Terri in 1997, also counts Hotel du Vin in Harrogate, Malmaison in Leeds and Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons in Oxfordshire on his CV as well as stints in Sydney and New York.
If the van Zeller restaurant is successful, he plans to roll out further outlets.
By Emily Manson
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