Chef to rustle up retro food on screen

Jonny Marsh

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AN up-and-coming Wigan culinary whizz-cum-lawyer is about to make his small screen debut.

From the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants to the bright lights of the television screen, Jonathan Marsh is preparing for his first appearance on the box.

The 22-year-old found fame just days after opening the first pop-up restaurant in his home town of Tyldesley.

He said: “I never imagined this to happen at all, It’s gone crazy and the support I’m getting is just ridiculous!

“I’m appearing on an eight-part series called Retro Food. It’s a modern take on old dishes. It’s with a company called Videojug and it airs online next Thursday, on their website. Crazy!”

Jonathan was first spotted by an agent called Borra Garson at Debora McKenna, who in fact was Jamie Oliver’s agent when he was first discovered. Since then he has been inundated with future plans in the industry.

The chef said: “I have loads of ideas that I’ve discussed with my agent and what-not. We talked about how to expand so hopefully there are things in the pipeline yet to be announced.

“My main support is without a doubt my mum and family and my mates Ty and Aron Price.”

Starting off his career aged just 16, the barrister’s clerk worked in a Manchester restaurant for free.

His hard work paid off as he was chosen for an apprenticeship at Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxford. As a result, Jonathan maintained high aspirations for his culinary career although he is currently keeping his options open by continuing the clerk work,

He said: “I have always wanted to succeed – food is my passion. The restaurant in Tyldesley is going very well, we’re constantly fully booked and we’ve just released more dates in August and September due to popular demand.

“You can’t help but love a busy restaurant, and better no one has called the food... yet!

“It’s gone absolutely crazy since opening, within a week, the blog that was done on the restaurant went viral, I was down in London at the agency and talking about future plans, it was manic.”

But since the opening, Jonathan hasn’t had much time for anything else apart from his career.

He joked: “As for social life, it’s probably doing me a world of good not being able to go out drinking every weekend.”