Prepare your taste-buds – Marco Pierre White is opening his very first restaurant in Northern Ireland.
It is understood the youngest cook to hold three Michelin stars is in the midst of finalising a deal to open a franchised Steakhouse Bar and Grill eatery in the Park Avenue Hotel in east Belfast.
There are currently already nine of the popular restaurants throughout the UK, including Dublin.
The 53-year-old television regular was at the forefront of the renaissance of British cooking in the 80s and 90s, most notably perhaps on ITV cookery show Hell’s Kitchen. He is also known as the face of Knorr stock cubes.
Steakhouse Bar and Grill offers a delicious and an unsurprisingly lengthy range of grilled meats and ‘finest quality 28 day aged native steaks’ – along with fish and other dishes including cheeseburgers, salads and chicken.
In even better news for our hungry stomachs (but bad for the waistline), Belfast seems to be in the middle of our very own culinary renaissance – with renowned Italian chain Carluccio’s, founded by chef Antonio Carluccio, strongly rumoured to be setting up shop soon in the city.
Meanwhile, home-grown top-end restaurants, Ox in Belfast, was named Restaurant of the Year at the Editors Awards from the 2016 Good Food Guide.
And one of Belfast’s arguably most popular prime steak eateries, The Porterhouse has been nominated by their loyal customers as Best Restaurant 2016.
Coppi is another outstanding eatery in the city – awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand in its Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2014 by Michelin.