Tast Cuina Catalana to open in Manchester on Friday 20th July

Tast Cuina Catalana to open in Manchester on Friday 20th July

Menu by world-renowned Catalan chef Paco Pérez

Head chef Miquel Villacrosa to run the Tast kitchen

Investors include Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, Ferran Soriano

An authentic celebration of Catalan food and wine will launch on 20th July on King Street, Manchester, with the opening of Tast Cuina Catalana, roughly translated as 'Taste from the Catalan Kitchen.'


Tast Cuina Catalana will bring worldwide interest to the growing links between Manchester and Catalonia, bringing the talent of multi-Michelin star chef Paco Pérez.


Tast's Executive Chef Paco is the renowned international patron-chef of two Michelin 2* restaurants - Miramar, in Llançà, (Girona) and Enoteca at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, a city where he has six restaurants in all. He is also behind the Michelin 1* Restaurant Cinco at the Hotel Das Stue in Berlin.


Head chef at Tast will be Miquel Villacrosa, formerly head chef at Restaurant Cinco in Berlin after a year at Miramar. Miquel, 27, is a Catalan who grew up in Sant Hilari Sacalm, a small mountain town where he helped out in his parents' restaurant.


Says Miquel: "Sant Hilari Sacalm is a small town, lost in the mountains, with a lot of water, mushroom culture and gamey gastronomy – so you can imagine how shocked I was my first time in Miramar. I fell in love with Paco's vision of cuisine and of how he was as a chef and as a person – he cared for me like no one before.


Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain, Ferran Soriano are among the investors in the restaurant.


Tast will have 120-covers over three floors, with a casual dining and bar area on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room and a second floor with private rooms offering a tasting menu.


Despite Paco Pérez's record, Tast Cuina Catalan is not pursuing awards, but will simply create a warm and friendly atmosphere for anyone wishing to experience the best of Catalan food and drink. As well as serving traditional Catalan starters and mains, the Tast menu will offer 'tastets' – small portions and nibbles to savour and to share.


Tast Cuina Catalana, 20-22 King Street Manchester, M2 6AG. Bookings from July 1st on 0161 806 0547 or hola@tastcatala.com


See www.tastcatala.com for more information.