Michael O’Hare, the chef behind The Man Behind the Curtain, which has drawn a capacity crowd of foodies to Leeds since opening two years ago, has been signed up to launch a new restaurant at the National Football Museum in Manchester later this year.
The Rabbit in the Moon, named after an Asian folk tale, will serve a multi-course tasting menu of “space age Asian” dishes created by O’Hare in his capacity as creative director of GG Hospitality. The company was set up by former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, backed by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.
O’Hare has made his name for food and presentation hailed by the Harden’s Survey as “unique, a bit mad and thrilling” – and for TV appearances in the guise of a heavy-metal rocker. He dropped out of an aerospace degree to become a chef, and holds a pilot’s licence.
Head chef at The Rabbit in the Moon will be Luke Cockerill, O’Hare’s right-hand man since the age of 17. “He is the most creative, fun and dynamic chef I have ever known,” says O’Hare. “Manchester is going to love it.”