Gino D'Acampo makes a surprise visit to Hull - and he reveals more about his new restaurant
Gino with a group of the Next staff in store at the Kingswood site (Image: Rich Addison)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Nov 2017
Gino D’Acampo has made a surprise visit to Kingswood to check on the progress of his new restaurant.
The celebrity chef arrived at Next in Kingswood on Saturday lunchtime in his sunglasses and leather jacket, causing a flurry of excitement - and he admitted to liking people in Hull so much that he wants to become the city’s next mayor.
“If I was the mayor of Hull everyone would get their first drink free on a Friday, no matter what pub or restaurant you are in,” he said.
“I will take Sheffield out of my name and become Gino Hull D’Acampo, and I’m going to be a cool mayor. We will get this city to rock.”
Although him taking up office in Hull seems unlikely, the TV chef will be opening a new restaurant at the Next site at the end of the year.
More than just a place to eat, Gino D'Acampo My Restaurant will also have a Prosecco bar and even a wine wall, with free food at certain times during the day.
There are also plans for an all-weather outdoor terrace.
“I’ve been around Hull and I haven’t seen any proper Italian restaurants,” said Gino, who visited the store in January to look around.
Gino D'Acampo talking with the Mail's Hannah Robinson (Image: Rich Addison)
“That’s why I came here. I thought, ‘You know what, I’m going to come to Hull’.
“I usually go to places – the usual suspects – such as Manchester, Leeds and London, but I also want to pick places where I think it needs an Italian restaurant.
“Hull deserves a proper Italian experience.”
Since the announcement that Gino would be opening a restaurant in Hull earlier this year, other celebrity chefs have since decided to set up shop in the area.
Gino will be opening his new restaurant at the end of the year (Image: Rich Addison)
But Gino welcomes the competition.
“Lately wherever I go and want to establish a restaurant I get followed by other people,” he said.
“I know Marco Pierre White is coming here, and Marco is a good friend of mine. I respect him a lot and we are creating completely different things. I wish him only the best of luck.
“When people talk to me about competition, there is no competition. I welcome people to open restaurants because it is important for people to try places and make the choice where they want to spend their hard-earned money.”
Gino D'Acampo making a visit to view his new restaurant development at the Next store, Kingswood (Image: Rich Addison)
Gino plans on being no stranger to the city once the restaurant is in full swing, and admits to spending too much time in the kitchens at all of his restaurants.
So while Gino might well become a familiar face wandering around Next and Kingswood, there are also plans for his celebrity friends to come to Hull for themselves.
Gino, who is known for appearing on Celebrity Juice and This Morning, said: “I always throw a big party when I open restaurants. I’ve got wonderful friends from the television and they are all good friends of mine.
“Mainly the parties are a chance for all of us to get together and have a drink and party the night away at one of my restaurants.
Gino met with shoppers on his surprise visit (Image: Rich Addison)
“I open proper Italian restaurants without cutting corners. I don’t care how much I spend on ingredients and training the staff – people will soon see what I mean by proper Italian food.
“I do believe, without blowing my own trumpet, we are the best.
“There is attention to detail at my restaurants and I get all my ingredients from Italy and choose them personally. Everything is selected by me. There isn’t one thing on my menu that hasn’t been in my mouth.
“If I don’t like it then the customer won’t, and that’s what proper service is all about.”
Here's what the UK's largest offshore wind farm hub will look like - on Grimsby's Royal Dock
Offshore Wind Connections 2018 is open for business as it checks in to new Hull venue
British Steel boss calls for quick Government support as he addresses national conference