FIERY television chef Marco Pierre White blazed a trail to his Chester Steakhouse, Bar & Grill at Doubletree by Hilton Chester for an exclusive luncheon and evening soiree on Thursday.
Former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes and his wife Andrea were among the guests who attended the evening event with the hottest tickets in town.
Guests were treated to a red carpet welcome, Bellini cocktails and canapés were followed by a three-course menu.
Marco Pierre White socialised with his guests and was on hand to sign copies of his book, Great British Feast, to the delight of diners.
Marco said: “I’m really thrilled with my MPW Steakhouse, Bar & Grill and I’m thoroughly enjoying my visit to Chester. It’s so important to meet and chat with local diners. They’re the people that really matter and their opinion is very important to me.
“I have endeavoured to create a romantic setting that is perfect for friends and family to enjoy. It’s all about the experience and I feel that my affordable glamour vision has been achieved through the decor and unpretentious menu.
“The reason I chose the North West for my latest ventures is not only because the region has some exceptionally talented chefs, although that is part of it, but also on the recommendation of my close friend Francis Carroll. Francis is based in Cheshire and I am confident that he will make sure that my high standards are maintained.”
The event marked Marco’s first official visit to his completed Chester restaurant after it opened last month.