Hospitality Mourns Paul Kitching

Much loved chef Paul Kitching passed away last week at the age of 61 leaving many who knew him in shock. Kitching ran popular restaurant 21212 in Edinburgh which held a Michelin star for a decade.

However, for many he is remembered for his Greater Manchester restaurant Juniper in Altringham which he opened in 1997. Juniper was the first restaurant in Greater Manchester to hold a Michelin Star.

The news of his passing was announced by his partner in an email. Katie O’Brien told her customers it was: “A total shock”. Later, on Twitter, she revealed: “My love has gone. But what a love x.”

Many chefs, including Tom Kerridge and Jason Atherton, have spoken of their affection and praise for Kitching who will be much missed.

Kerridge said: “A wonderful man and incredible cook…”

Jason Atherton said: ”I first met Paul Kitching in his new restaurant back then in ’95 in Altringham  in Manchester and was taken aback by the passion and the quality of food he was cooking. It was food that should have been in Paris or London or NYC. He was a genius – so passionate about restaurants and food.”

Michael O’Hare, chef-patron at the Michelin-starred The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds, wrote on Instagram: “A true avant-garde and free thinker. What a guy.”