MasterChef finalist and Michelin-starred restaurant chef launch venture

A new restaurant, HOME, is launching in Kirkgate in Leeds, the brainchild of a MasterChef finalist and Michelin-starred restaurant chef.

The fine dining restaurant, launched by Elizabeth Cottom, a semi-finalist on last year’s BBC MasterChef and Mark Owens, former head chef at The Box Tree in Ilkley, will be located at 16-17 Kirkgate.

When it opens in August it will offer a ten-course tasting menu using seasonal and local ingredients.

The 3,669 sq ft venue has previously been a dance hall, billiard club, cinema and most recently Darbar, an Indian restaurant.

Now it is being transformed into a 65-cover fine dining restaurant.

Cottam said: “As someone who is Leeds born and bred, I’m really pleased to have found a place with such a rich heritage, and it’s now a part of the city that has been given a new lease of life thanks to recent developments like the Victoria centre with John Lewis and other high-end outlets.

“We are very excited to have secured this venue and that major work has now started to create something unique and really special for Leeds.”

Mark Owens commented: “We’re coming at this with a ‘HOME by name, home by nature’ approach and our monthly-changing menus will be a true celebration of everything Great British produce has to offer. We’ve spent a lot of time working together on our first menus and I know that we’ve found the very best that the country has to offer.”

Pictured: Chefs Mark Owens & Liz Cottam of HOME Restaurant Leeds