Multi-Michelin Star award-winning Fresh chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has named the Grand Chef for his anticipated new Belfast restaurant.
‘Novelli at City Quays’ is set to open in April as part of the all-new AC Hotel Belfast, and it will be the chef’s first restaurant on the island of Ireland.
Belfast local Jim Mulholland first came to Novelli’s attention in 2016 when he cooked for him at Ballyrobin Country Lodge, making a memorable impact both for his food and his personality.
The culinary duo are set to ‘cook up’ a bespoke-for-Belfast Mediterranean menu for guests when the restaurant opens.
Situated right on the waterfront, with unparalleled views across Belfast Lough, the 112-seater restaurant will also have a double-height glazed façade and open-air terrace.
As well as being the celebrity chef’s first Irish restaurant, the AC Hotel Belfast will be the first hotel in the AC Hotels by Marriott® 100+ global portfolio to feature a destination restaurant.
‘Checking in’ at the AC Hotel Belfast this week, where he and Jim have been overseeing the fit-out and finish of their custom-designed kitchen and dining room, Jean-Christophe said:
“This is a very exciting time with the opening of my first restaurant in Ireland now firmly in sight. I’ve wanted to open a restaurant here for some time and, with location being everything, am very proud that it will be here in Belfast, a city enjoying such tremendous international recognition and goodwill, in the stylish new AC Hotel Belfast in the stunning City Quays area.”
He added: “I’m also delighted to announce Jim Mulholland, a very talented chef and an extraordinary gentleman and fantastic team leader, as my head chef. Jim fully shares my vision for ‘Novelli at City Quays’ and will be instrumental in helping me deliver it. Our ambition is to provide customers with an authentic Mediterranean dining experience whilst at the same time paying homage to our Belfast location with locally sourced produce. Together, we hope to deliver a world-class dining experience that Belfast, Northern Ireland and Ireland can be proud of.”
Jim Mulholland also commented: “It’s a very exciting time for me on both a personal and professional level to take up the role of Grand Chef in Jean-Christophe’s first restaurant in Ireland and, indeed, in the first AC Hotels in Ireland. I have long been a devotée of Jean-Christophe and to be working with him, here on my home turf, is an absolute honour. I look forward to bringing some local flavours and flourishes, as well as the best of Northern Ireland produce, to his Mediterranean table!”
For more information, visit the AC Hotel Belfast’s website here.