Cooking up culinary portfolio in region

Richard Sim and Mark Dawson.
Richard Sim and Mark Dawson.
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Two renowned north-east chefs have a series of new restaurants on the menu, which look set to create more than 40 jobs and be worth around £1million to the local economy.

Richard Sim and Martin Charlton, who opened The Old Boathouse, in Amble, to great acclaim, have announced an exciting portfolio of new eateries which they have opened or plan to open over the next 12 months or so.

This includes a gourmet seafood café, Fishbox, in the town, which is currently awaiting planning approval, as well as launching a private catering firm, Push The Boat Out, and operating at Chillingham Castle’s function rooms.

They are also set to open The Old Boat House – Blyth, in September, and are combining their skills to offer hospitality-based NVQ training Amble from October, as part of the multi-million-pound seafood town and harbour village project.

Richard, the co-founder and head chef of The Old Boathouse, said: “We’re very passionate about the region, from the landscapes, the people, the quality of the produce available and the businesses we work with. We want to keep jobs in the region and throughout the year we’ll also be looking to expand to more than 40 staff for our restaurants and catering business.”

As part of this, Heaton-based design start-up, Everything is my Design, has secured the major branding and marketing contract with Martin and Richard, with a remit to deliver branding for the chefs’ entire portfolio.

At just eight months old, Everything is my Design is a fast-growing creative agency, headed up by Sunderland University journalism graduate Mark Dawson.

It already counts Newcastle City Council, Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland and arts and culture magazine Don’t Panic among its growing client base and is delighted to have secured work with Martin and Richard.