MKM News
April 15, 2022

Recipe for success

MKM joins forces with top chef Frances Atkins

We have teamed up with celebrated Yorkshire chef Frances Atkins to promote our kitchen offering.

We’re launching the partnership with the prominent British chef, who was the first female chef in the UK to earn a Michelin star, with a series of informative videos that will inspire homeowners to make the most of their kitchen space, with more content and competitions planned throughout the year. 

So, whether you’re a dab hand in the kitchen or a complete novice, Frances’ top tips on how to plan the perfect kitchen, or plate like a pro, will provide simple hints and tips to help you make more of your kitchen space and enhance your culinary skills.  There’s also a delicious hash brown and stuffed portobello mushroom with cashew nut dressing recipe from Frances’s own kitchen, which is easy to make, looks fantastic and tastes absolutely amazing!

Frances Atkins Paradise Cafe Daleside Nurseries Harrogate by Charlotte Gale Photography

The partnership has seen MKM’s Ripon branch design and apply some of the hottest kitchen trends to Frances’ recently launched Paradise Café.  This includes the high-end Dekton worktop, which acts as a fantastic chef’s table for Frances to showcase her excellence to onlooking customers, forming the centrepiece and focus of the restaurant’s interior space.

The Dekton worktop provides limitless innovation in design and performance for any kitchen, and is the ultimate surface because it is highly resistant to stains, scratches and heat.  The Paradise Café features the stunning Bergen, a luxurious marble effect with off-white base and grey veins in a sculptural pattern inspired by natural Portobello stone, that creates a real wow factor.

In keeping with the plant to plate vibe of the restaurant’s interior styling, MKM has also supplied shaker style kitchen cupboards from the Wexford and Waterford range in bottle green with Barrington brass handles, two of the most popular kitchen colour trends of 2022.   Two Caple wine coolers, which keep both red and white wine at the optimum serving temperature, have also been supplied, along with a Caple single oven featuring smart Wi-Fi and pyrolytic self-cleaning technology with touch control.

Frances Atkins Paradise Cafe Daleside Nurseries Harrogate by Charlotte Gale Photography

Frances’ new Paradise Café is set against the backdrop of a beautiful lakeside setting at Daleside Nurseries, located near the Victorian spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.  Serving mouth-watering breakfasts, brunch and lunches using only the finest local produce, the restaurant has a light and airy modern feel, featuring exquisite art on the walls and large plants, grown in hothouses, liberally dotted between the tables.

Frances said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have joined forces with MKM.  The company provides an extensive range of kitchens and accessories, so I’m extremely proud to feature its lovely designs and products in my new restaurant.  They look fantastic and have helped create an amazing space and experience for my customers.

“The service we have received from MKM’s Ripon branch, which is local to us, has also been second to none.  It’s a great example of two local businesses supporting each other.  The chef’s table in particular is a brilliant feature, not just for a restaurant, but for any home, providing the ideal entertaining space, whilst the kitchen cupboards in bottle green look superb and are in keeping the botanical theme we have tried to create.

“I really hope our partnership inspires more people to consider checking out their nearest MKM kitchen showroom to see what’s possible for their own homes.”

To find out more about the partnership visit the MKM website.

To book a free kitchen design appointment with one of our in branch specialists complete this online form and we’ll be in touch.