Young Manchester chef, Danielle Heron, has built a career in some of the top kitchens across the UK and overseas, but she is now heading home to open OSMA – a restaurant and bar in Prestwich.
The 28 year old, originally from Whitefield, studied professional cookery at Manchester College, before making her kitchen debut at double Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume in the Lake District. Danielle then moved on to top Oslo restaurant, Maaemo, holder of three Michelin stars.
Danielle then moved on to Kolonihagen Frogner, also in the Norwegian capital, where she met OSMA’s co-owner Sofie Stoermann-Naess.
Due to open in September, OSMA will serve a relaxed, healthy lunchtime menu of open Scandinavian sandwiches and hearty salads, alongside fresh juices and great coffee. Four nights a week, they say OSMA will also operate as a ‘food-bar’ serving small sharing plates with a frequently-changing menu, accompanied by funky wines and creative cocktails.
“OSMA will use ingredients from local British farms and producers, showcasing their products in their purest form by letting each ingredient speak for itself,” say Danielle and Sofie.
“Seasonality will naturally be a big part of how we design our menus and will influence the interior of the space. Our goal is to provide healthy, creative, tasty food with influences from around the world, building on the experiences we have gained over the years working and travelling.
“It’s great to be back home and see the buzz about the neighbourhood, which features plenty of independent restaurants. We are excited about getting going and serving the community some great food in a friendly, relaxed environment.
“OSMA has been designed to attract every walk of life and offer something for everyone. You can dine at a window table, in booth seating or sit at the bar to watch the chefs working. We also have a large communal table with power points, perfect for a fast working lunch, as a social meeting table for cocktails or for larger groups out to celebrate.”
OSMA is due to open September 2020 at 132 Bury New Road, Prestwich.