Meet our new Head Chef!

Posted 26 January 2012

Showroom Workstation announces

new Head Chef, Simon Ayres

Head Chef, Simon Ayres

Simon gets to grips with his new kitchen

Showroom Workstation is delighted to announce the arrival of new Head Chef, Simon Ayres. Simon previously worked as Head Chef at the prestigious Milestone restaurant and made it through to the semi-finals of Ramsay’s Best Restaurant on Channel 4 in 2010. Ramsay dubbed him “the cage fighter in the kitchen”!

Simon’s arrival marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the Showroom’s Bar, with a brand new menu launching in March with the emphasis on fast, fresh food of the highest quality. Simon will also revamp the food available to companies hiring the Showroom Workstation’s facilities for conferences and meetings, as well as offering a great range of party food options for celebrations.

Ian Wild, Showroom Workstation Chief Executive says,

“We’re delighted to welcome Simon to the Showroom Workstation, he comes with an outstanding reputation and we can’t wait for the launch of his new menu in March. This is an exciting time for us and we have ambitious plans for the food not only in the Showroom Bar, but for the commercial catering side of our business too.”

As a taste of things to come, the Showroom Workstation is offering a special sneak peek of Simon’s new menu for Valentines. On Friday 10 February, Showroom Workstation has teamed up with experts from Sheffield based wine merchants Le Bon Vin for a romantic, indulgent Valentines Wine Tasting Evening. Simon will prepare a five course taster menu of dishes from around the world, accompanied by the perfect choice of wine.

On Tuesday 14 February, the Showroom Café Bar will be transformed into a romantic sanctuary for Valentines Dinners with candlelight, gentle piano music and a three course meal specially prepared by Simon Ayres. Couples will be greeted with sparkling wine and canapés on arrival, with coffee and petit fours at the end of the evening. Plus, there will be a screening of Brief Encounter at the Showroom Cinema that evening too.

New Chef, Simon Ayres

Simon "the cage fighter in the kitchen" Ayres


Simon Ayres’ new menu at the Showroom Workstation will launch in March.

The Valentines Wine Tasting Evening, Valentines Dinners and tickets to Brief Encounter can all be booked at the Showroom Box Office – 0114 275 7727.

More info on Valentines at the Showroom


Head Chef, Simon Ayres

Head Chef, Simon Ayres



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