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Chef Jason plans high-class cuisine
5:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A TOP chef who has worked with star names such as Raymond Blanc in Michelin-starred restaurants is planning to open a high-class restaurant in the centre of Malvern.
Jason Lynas wants his new venture to be a “destination dining experience” similar to the Croque En Bouche in Malvern Wells, which had a national reputation.
He says the variety of independent traders was one of the factors that drew him to Malvern and he hopes it could become known as a food destination like Ludlow.
He has put in a planning application to open up at 18-20 Worcester Road, currently an empty unit, and formerly a pound shop.
He plans to offer a wide variety of cuisine styles from breakfast to light contemporary lunches and Michelin star quality fine dining.
Mr Lynas is originally from Yorkshire, but he studied at Worcester College of Technology and has lived in the Tewkesbury area for the last 20 years.
He has worked with Patrick McDonald in his Epicurean restaurants in Stow and Cheltenham, and was recruited by Raymond Blanc as head chef for his Petit Blanc restaurant in Cheltenham. He has worked in catering, management and consultancy at top restaurants across the world.
He said: “I was working in the Cheltenham area when the Crouque En Bouche was in its heyday and feel that the town and surrounding area is in need of such an operation. This coupled with the fact that Malvern is surrounded by some great food growers and producers makes me believe that the site is perfectly situated. Malvern could undergo a food transformation similar to what has happened in other areas such as Ludlow.
“Another reason for the location choice is the fact that Malvern seems to keep away from many of the high street brands that are commonplace in other towns.
“It has a real feel of community with a wide range of independent, artisan-style operators, all adding up to a much more interesting high-street experience.”
The Croque En Bouche was one of the best-regarded restaurants in the country, winning a Michelin star at a time when only 25 restaurants in the UK had one. It closed in 1992 when its owners retired.
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