Adam Reid comes to Manchester Eats!
Adam Reid, born in Manchester, started his culinary career at age 16, following training at Paul Heathcoteś School of Excellence. His hospitality career began at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, where he started as Commis Chef and progressed to Chef de Partie (2001-4), followed by Le Mont, also in Manchester, where he was Chef de Partie (2005-6).
In 2006, Adam moved to Warwickshire as Demi Chef de Partie at Michelin-starred Mallory Court Hotel, where he worked through the ranks to Junior Sous Chef (2006-9). He then took a position as Chef Tournant, and was later promoted to Senior Sous Chef, at Michelin-starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor in Chester in 2009, where he remained for two years before moving to Brockencote Hall in Worcestershire as Senior Sous Chef. Upon his return to Manchester in March 2013, Adam joined Simon Rogan to launch The French at The Midland Hotel in his first role as Head Chef, and within the year he was awarded The Caterer’s Acorn Award, which recognises the brightest young talent in the hospitality industry. In 2014, Adam won ‘Manchester Chef of the Year’.
The French was ranked #17 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018 with an 8/10 rating. The restaurant also has three rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2018 and is rated #26 in Square Meal’s Top 100 Restaurants 2017.
Adam appeared in the 2016 BBC2 Great British Menu series, and won a coveted place at a banquet at Westminster Palace to celebrate Great Britons of HM The Queen’s reign with his spectacular dessert – The Golden Empire.
Adam took over the reins of The French in November 2016, following Simon Rogan’s departure from The Midland Hotel’s two restaurant operations (The French and Mr Cooper’s House & Garden). He has introduced new menus that showcase his own personal style of modern British cooking, and the restaurant underwent a minor refurbishment in February 2017, including the addition of a chefs counter with seven stools which allows interaction between the chefs and guests.