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Top chef to raise the culinary bar at City Square

  • 12 August 2010 16:51
  • Posted by Paul Mulholland

Manchester City is delighted to announce it has teamed up with award winning chef, Marco Pierre White, to create a unique ‘Best of British’ culinary experience for fans on match days.

The first British chef to be awarded 3 prestigious Michelen stars has been brought on board in what is set to be a mouth-watering collaboration between Marco and City’s very own celebrity chef, John Benson Smith. 

As part of the new Blue Moon Cafe in the heart of City Square, the pair will devise a new rustic match day menu, aimed at fans that ‘enjoy real food from the farm to their fork’.  Supporters can expect a fusion of traditional and earthy Northern classics, without the organic premium price tag. 

Among other favourites, fans will be able to purchase flavoursome chunky sausage rolls, real pork pies, onion bhajis, pastries and pickled eggs to name but a few.  

The new ‘real fast food’ concept is a celebration of the North West’s rich agriculture and will feature only the finest, locally sourced ingredients from Lancashire and the surrounding countryside. 

City’s Consultant Chef, John Benson Smith, said: “At City we are hugely passionate about the food we serve. The new match day menu will appeal to all age groups and tastes buds.   We know our fans want no nonsense food that tastes great and doesn’t cost the earth. At the Blue Moon cafe they can expect both, as well as being highly nutritious and locally sourced.”

This vision is shared by Marco Pierre White, who says: “City Square is about raising the bar in both pre match day entertainment and the expectations of what real fans can expect to experience when they come to the football. The food off the pitch should be as inspiring as the football on it.  That doesn’t necessarily mean champagne and caviar. It can be as cheap as chips, so long as it’s done right using real, locally sourced ingredients that taste great.”

City Square is another example of how the Club is continually reacting to fan insight, by providing more amenities and pre-match entertainment opportunities around the stadium.

The Blue Moon Cafe will be open for business when City Square launches for City’s first home game against Liverpool on 23 August.

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