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Cutting his teeth at the Michelin starred Chester Grosvenor, followed by time spent at Chapter One, Chez Bruce, York & Albany and Jamie’s Italian, Gary Usher opened Sticky Walnut in Hoole, Chester, in 2011 on a budget that meant he had to famously choose between a combi-oven or new tables and chairs.

‘The Rebel Chef' now has 6 restaurants in the North West including Sticky Walnut, Burnt Truffle, Hispi, Wreckfish, Pinion and Kala.

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After a few very successful years, Usher decided to open a second bistro. With no support from the banks, Usher launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter and Twitter.

Securing more than £100,000 thanks to 891 backers who made pledges of between £10 and £5000, Burnt Truffle (name decided and voted for by his Twitter following) opened its doors in Heswall on the Wirral in July 2015.

Following Burnt Truffle’s ...

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