Chef Vic­tor is savour­ing his new suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

sums of money.

Th­ese agree­ments en­sure that money is kept within the fam­ily, and given to the next gen­er­a­tion, in­stead of dis­ap­pear­ing to ex-spouses or part­ners. AS he lay in a hos­pi­tal bed suf­fer­ing from a rare form of life-threat­en­ing can­cer, chef Vic­tor Janssen thought his days in the kitchen were over.

But after a two-year bat­tle to beat the dis­ease he was able to re­turn to the restau­rant in Mac­cles­field he runs with wife Lynne.

And now the cou­ple are cel­e­brat­ing another suc­cess, after their eatery La Popote in Mar­ton Vil­lage has been handed the High­est Qual­ity Taste Ac­cred­i­ta­tion from Taste North­west.

The ac­co­lade means the venue will now fea­ture on the web­site www. tas­ as well as boast Taste North­west’s mark of qual­ity, giv­ing cus­tomers the re­as­sur­ance that its pro­duce and cook­ing tech­niques are top notch.

The cou­ple’s night­mare be­gan after 65-year-old Vic­tor be­gan ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ex­treme fa­tigue and con­stant cough­ing and Lynne per­suaded him to see a doc­tor.

He was di­ag­nosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, an ag­gres­sive can­cer of the white blood cells, and was rushed to the Christie in Manch­ester where he spent his first month in iso­la­tion.

Vic­tor said: “It was ab­so­lutely shock­ing when I got the news, I will never for­get it.”

Lynne, 60, takes up the cou­ple’s story: “Vic­tor spent the next 18 months in hos­pi­tal un­der­go­ing treat­ment in­clud­ing sev­eral in­ten­sive cour­ses of chemo­ther­apy, and un­der­went two vi­tal bone mar­row trans­plants sourced from an anony­mous donor from Ger­many. Slowly but surely, and after nearly two very chal­leng­ing years, he re­gained enough strength to get back in the kitchen.”

The pair spent their early years in South Africa where they won many awards and catered for dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing Prince Philip and two South African pres­i­dents.

They first came to the UK in 2000 to take over the run­ning of Min­more House in Spey­side, where they also landed a string of awards.

But they wanted a venue of their own, and so nine years opened La Popote Restau­rant and Gar­den; a small restau­rant, cof­fee and farm shop. Lynne added: “Since his re­cov­ery Vic­tor is now back do­ing what he loves best the business has just gone from strength to strength.

“So now we have some­thing else to cel­e­brate and we give a heart­felt thank you to Taste North­west for this recog­ni­tion.”


●● Peo­ple cel­e­brate the launch of the Boat House in Adling­ton

● Vic­tor Janssen and● Lynne Janssen

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