MasterChef finalist announces permanent restaurant closure

Matt Healy, the Yorkshire-born chef who was runner-up in BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals, says one of his restaurants is closing for good due to the pandemic.

He has revealed that Matt Healy x The Foundry site in Holbeck will not reopen.

Confirming the news on Instagram, the chef, who is from Horsforth, said: “2020 has been hard for hospitality, especially for independent restaurants like ours.

“We’re beyond proud of the work we did in the first lockdown with the NHS. In July, we reopened with reduced capacity, then reduced hours, then within the tier system.

“One thing after another, and then a second lockdown. Over the last few weeks and months, we’ve had some really difficult decisions to make.

“Regretfully we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to cease trading. We’re so thankful to everyone that has supported us from the very beginning.

“Even before we opened our doors in 2018, we felt the love and support. After a chance meeting with an old friend, we made a dream become a reality.

“We’ve had nearly three wonderful years at The Foundry. It’s not goodbye. It’s see you later. Here’s to 2021.”

Healy and his team Seventh Course took over the reins at The Beehive, in Thorner, in 2019. However, Healy stepped back from the restaurant in March this year.

His team has also had success at Grön Kafe in Oakwood, which opened in September 2018, and has recently expanded to open another site in Low Petergate in York.

Healy shot to fame in 2016 when he was runner-up in the professional version of the BBC cooking programme.

Healy previously worked at El Gato Negro in Manchester, a former Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant and winner of Gordon Ramsay’s best Spanish restaurant in the F Word TV show.