Restaurant chain mission for chef who fed George Bush

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18:  Former President of the United States George W. Bush (L) and Morris Goldfarb attends the 2015 Father Of The Year Luncheon Awards  New York Hilton on June 18, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

A chef who once cooked for George Bush has revealed his aspirations to roll out a new restaurant chain ahead of the launch of his first site this October.

Tarek Thoma is investing £500,000 in the opening of a flagship restaurant in the centre of Middlesbrough, which will go by the name of ‘Oven’.

He famously cooked for the former US president when he worked at the Dun Cow in Sedgefield. At the time Bush was visiting the then-prime minister Tony Blair.

Thoma, who has also had spells at Michelin-starred restaurants L’Escargot and Chapter One, is aiming to bring some of his high-end dining expertise to the north east.

“The concept behind Oven is to offer Michelin star-style food at affordable prices,” he told the Gazette. “The restaurant’s chefs all will have been trained by professional cooks who boast a Michelin star rating.”

Rather than settle on one site, Thoma’s ultimate goal is to expand the business into a nationwide chain.

“The plan is for Oven in Middlesbrough to be the flagship restaurant in a series of establishments that we plan to roll out across the country,” he revealed.

The fit-out of the restaurant, which occupies a retail space at Middlesbrough’s former Midland House building, is currently underway.

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