TV chef show win

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Char­lotte Cox E’s the bright­est tal­ent ever to emerge as MasterChef cham­pion – and he plans to hone his home­grown skills by open­ing a Manch­ester restau­rant.

simon Wood, 38, be­came the first north­erner to be awarded the ac­co­lade by judges John Torode and Gregg Wal­lace.

And the dad-of-four from Chad­der­ton, is now siz­zling hot prop­erty – mobbed in the street, cap­tured in self­ies, gain­ing 10,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers, 9,000 Face­book friend re­quests and count­less mes­sages of sup­port.

But through­out the emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, he’s kept his feet on the ground and his goal re­mains crys­tal clear.

He said: “I would like to stay in Manch­ester. If I could open a restau­rant any­where it would be in the city cen­tre. There are loads of things I’d like to look at do­ing but I know I want to cook and I want a restau­rant – that’s my main fo­cus. I’d like it to be in the city cen­tre, I think it would be more ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple from dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“I want to pro­vide peo­ple with some­thing they can en­joy, some­where re­fined but for ev­ery­one, an af­ford­able treat.”

Although he found out he’d won in Jan­uary, he was sworn to se­crecy from even his clos­est fam­ily and friends.

simon, who started out flip­ping burg­ers at McDon­ald’s added: “I couldn’t tell any­one. so it was amaz­ing to sit down and watch it with my fam­ily, friends and col­leagues.”

Spe­cial Fea­ture

●● Simon Wood

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