When Simon Rimmer opened his first restaurant, Greens, (www.greensdidsbury.co.uk) in 1990, he did so with two cookery books, no idea how to cook, but a passion to create a great destination restaurant….and chat girls up! He wasn’t even supposed to be in the kitchen. His role, or so he hoped, was front of house lothario to the beautiful people of West Didsbury. However, financial reality got him into the kitchen (no money to employ anyone) - a decision that changed his life.
Within two years the Guardian described Greens as one of the most exciting restaurants in the UK, even though it was vegetarian. From there, Greens has gone from strength to strength, increasing from 28 to 48 covers in 2005 and, after the purchase of the dress shop next door, it’s now a massive 90 covers…and still packed.
Simon set up Earle in 2006 with wife Ali and friends, footballer Jason McAteer and footy agent Dave Lockwood. They have recently been joined by a second footballer, Jason Koumas.
You will see Simon’s face more and more on our TV screens, with BBC2's Something for the Weekend continuing to cheer up the nation’s Sunday mornings with Simon, Tim Lovejoy and Amanda Hamilton on air until at least March 2010. In recent times he’s also appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu, Celebrity Mastermind, Grub's Up, Recipe for Success, BBC1’s This Little Farmer, Saturday Kitchen, Richard and Judy on Channel 4, Cooking the Books and Breaking in to Tesco for Channel 5.
He’s also written 4 books – The Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook and Lazy Brunch (with Tim Lovejoy) and his latest book Seasoned Vegetarian, all of which are available to buy as signed copies at Earle.
So, if you want to catch Simon you can either turn on the telly or come to Earle, where he’s still behind the stove every week.
Simon on Sub-Zero & Wolf
“Sub-Zero & Wolf has revolutionised my home. We have a beautiful kitchen but now thanks to Sub-Zero & Wolf it is fully functional at the highest possible standard. Wolf allows fantastic control and is as close to industrial performance as possible. My 7 year old loves the fridge and checks the refrigerator every morning. I think it’s his favourite toy!”
To see Simon talk about Sub-Zero and Wolf, click on the arrow in the centre of the image below: