The Man Behind The Curtain

Leeds, United Kingdom

The Man Behind The Curtain

The Man Behind The Curtain is a restaurant in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, which was opened in 2014 by chef Michael O'Hare. The restaurant has a reputation for modern and often unusual food, with modern and artistic presentation. It was awarded a Michelin star in October 2015 and three AA Rosettes in 2016. As of December 2019 it is the only restaurant in Leeds which holds a Michelin star and the second restaurant in the city to have been awarded one.

O'Hare had previously worked as the head chef at The Blind Swine in York, but considered Leeds a more suitable location for high-end dining and opened The Man Behind The Curtain in 2014. The restaurant is located on Vicar Lane above Flannels clothes shop and takes its name from a line in The Wizard of Oz - 'pay no attention to that man behind the curtain'. After opening the restaurant without a name, O'Hare said: "I get a lot of people asking me if I'm the man behind the curtain. You can't stop it, but you can mock it." It is currently the only restaurant in Leeds which holds a Michelin star and the second restaurant in the city to have been awarded one, the first being Jeff Baker's Bistro Moderne which closed in 2013.



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