AT just 21 years old, Liam Duffy has worked with some of the country’s top chefs at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Now the Wakefield-born chef has brought his brand of modern British dining home by launching his first restaurant, Iris, in Wakefield.
And, he hopes that by opening his new eaterie in the Bull Ring he will bring new life into the city centre.
Mr Duffy, who is from Crofton, said: “For a chef it’s a dream come true to open your own restaurant. It’s a brave move.
“I am hoping over the next few years this area of Wakefield will become like Millennium Square in Leeds.”
Mr Duffy, who opened Iris on November 7, worked with top chef Aiden Byrne in Cheshire and at the Michelin-starred Burlington Restaurant at Bolton Abbey as he worked his way up to sous chef.
He said: “I have worked hard. It was 16 hours a day and seven days a week.”
Mr Duffy said he was working with suppliers to source local ingredients for his menus.
He said: “The food is modern British food and very seasonal. The menu is always changing.”
Mr Duffy said all his staff were aged under 25, and he was training them with NVQ qualifications.
He said: “I am hoping they will all move on to do this as a career one day, because it is not just a part-time job, it is a career.”