YOUNGEST up and coming celebrity chef is set to open his new restaurant in Chester at the end of this year, in collaboration with Cruise nightclub.
The restaurant, named Luke’s Eating House, was set to open in September however due to a series of draw backs opening was delayed until the end of the year but hopes to be open before 2014 is over.
At just 20 years of age, Luke Thomas has already made a few TV appearances on shows such as Britain’s Youngest Head Chef and The Great British Menu and continues to run Luke’s Dining Room in his home town of Connah’s Quay and Luke’s Broadway in London.
Having worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver it would be expected that he was inspired by their styles, however his biggest inspiration happens to be his 76 year old grandmother, Myra.
Odysian, owned by Nick Harding and Brendan McLoughlin, founders of Cruise nightclub, saw potential in collaborating with the 20 year old.
They told the Chester Chronicle: “We saw that the restaurant scene in Chester is going to be great and the site we have got in 10 St John Street is the most amazing location”.
The restaurant will be placed above the specialist gin bar, Gin Rickey’s, which will feature more than 100 different gins.
The menu has been described as “modern British/European”, serving mainly old school dishes dressed in class, but without the confusion behind the ingredients and the name.
When asked by the Chronicle if he sees himself following the footsteps of Jamie Oliver, Luke responded: ““I think as long as it’s the right opportunities and it’s not just doing TV for the sake of doing TV, it’s doing TV to get your food out there and you believe in what you do and it’s what the punters want, then it’s a different thing.”
The restaurant hopes to be open by the beginning of the new year.