Ian Matfin, 34, is the Executive Chef of Michael Caines at Abode Hotel, Manchester. After a glittering career working with Gordon Ramsay, Raymand Blanc and Michael Caines, he’s an Exec Chef and striving to gain Manchester its 1st Michelin Star for 20 years.
Ian was born in Newcastle where he learned basic cooking skills from his Mum and Gran. He had his own ‘pinny’ for baking any left over cake scraps into biscuits.
Ian has worked with some of the industry’s most famous restaurants – he started with Terry Laybourne at 21 Queen Street, the only Michelin Star in the NE at the time. Terry told Ian to get down to London. From Claridge’s to Aubergine (with Ramsay), and Le Manoir with Raymond Blanc.
Ian joined Michael Caines at 2 Michelin Star Gidleigh Park, where he stayed for 6 years, ending up as Head Chef. He was then named Executive Chef at the Manchester Abode. Ian runs 2 x kitchens – 1 fine dining and 1 brasserie. Ian has now worked with Michael Caines for 9 years and describes him as an inspiration in and out of the kitchen.
Ian is determined to get Manchester a Michelin Star for the first time in 20 years. His menu uses lots of local produce (something Michael Caines taught him) like Cheshire beef, Yorkshire apples and Cumbrian lamb. He runs a brigade of 8 chefs, works 6 days a week, serving 1000 covers in that time. Service is quick but the cooking is precise – Ian is a perfectionist. If it’s not right, it’s not served. There are numerous menus in the restaurant with lots of potential dishes to be served.
Ian works in Manchester, but his heart belongs to his beloved Newcastle – he is a truly passionate Geordie. When he’s home, Ian loves meeting up with his mates down the pub and going to the local chippy.... Read more.