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Man Behind the Curtain, chef Michael O'Hare.
Man Behind the Curtain, chef Michael O'Hare.
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The Man Behind The Curtain has been thrust into the limelight.

And with the full glare of publicity falling on chef Michael O’Hare, so have the bookings come rolling in.

With impeccable timing, O’Hare, of The Man Behind The Curtain, the latest Yorkshire restaurant to have won a Michelin star, is also appearing this week in the finals of BBC2’s Great British Menu. His TV appearances and the perfect 10 awarded by Marcus Wareing for the quirkily-titled dish: “My mother is single and looking for a well dressed man” have been credited with bringing in 2,000 bookings overnight.

A heady few days for the 34-year-old was crowned by the announcement last month of the Michelin star, the first for a Leeds restaurant in years, and another kerching for the tills, with 1,600 bookings in the days that followed.

Saturday night tables now need to be booked six months in advance.

Viewers will have to wait till Thursday to find out whether O’Hare gets to cook a course at a banquet to mark the Centenary of Women’s Institute.

Andrew Pern knows what it is to have and not have a Michelin.

The chef patron of The Star Inn at Harome compares losing the Michelin star in 2011, after nine years, to “losing a member of your family.” Of O’Hare’s success he said: “It is obviously brilliant timing for Michael being on Great British Menu.

“He is a good friend of ours.

“It is great for Yorkshire as we are always portrayed as grim up north when we are actually the most Michelin starred county in England.”

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