Runner-up of BBC’s MasterChef Matt Healy is set to open a new restaurant in Leeds.
The Horsforth-born chef, has been revealed as the successful bidder for the The Foundry restaurant.
A number of parties made bids for the restaurant after current owners Phil Richardson and Shaun Davies revealed they would be stepping down and selling the Round Foundry-based eatery.
In 2016 Matt was runner-up in the professional version of the BBC cooking programme – with two-Michelin-starred judge Marcus Wareing describing one of Matt’s sauces as ‘one of the best he had ever tasted’.
Matt Healy said:
“I’ve been looking for a Leeds venue for a long time and when we heard The Foundry might be available we jumped at it – we had to have it. This place is an institution, it’s been full for 12 years. Anyone who knows anything about decent food in Leeds knows The Foundry. It’ll remain open until the middle of next month when our interiors team get their hands on it. We see the handover as a changing of the guard – there’ll be a new look, new name and new menu.