Ryan Giggs: We want to take Hotel Football around Europe
United legend Ryan Giggs made a surprise appearance at the Northern Restaurant and Bar show today as he cooked up a storm with Cafe Football creative director Michael Wignall.
The footballer joined the double Michelin-starred chef for a cookery demonstration in the Chef Live area at the event at Manchester Central in a last-minute addition to the already star-studded bill.
Giggs was on form during the demonstration, joking with Wignall when he was asked if he cooks at home.
Yellowfin tuna dish
“No - us footballers have chefs and butlers and everything,” he quipped before going on to add: “You know I’m better with my feet. Used to be anyway.”
The pair set about creating a yellowfin tuna dish (see below) using moon salt, which is, interestingly, harvested only under a full moon in Spain. A fact that seemed to stump the former Manchester United number 11.
“So salt’s not just salt then?” He said.
Preston-born Wignall was relishing being back up north and says Manchester is now the ‘happening’ place.
He said:“Manchester has so many great restaurants opening - the culture has changed so much and in five years’ time it’s going to be amazing.
There will also be demos today from celebrity chefs Nacho Manzano, executive chef at the recently-opened Iberica in Spinningfields and Nigel Haworth, of Michelin-starred Ribble Valley restaurant Northcote.
“There are plenty of exciting opportunities in the pipeline so watch this space.”
Giggs was asked about the progress of newly-opened Hotel Football, which he owns with Gary Neville and fellow Class of 92 team-mates.
The Reds assistant manager added: “I'm pleased. It’s been about six or seven years in the making.”
“We want to walk before we can run but we’re ambitious and we want to take it not only round Britain but Europe”