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Wirral Chef wins region's first Michelin

A restaurant in Wirral has become the first on Merseyside to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star.

Fraiche, which is owned and run by chef Marc Wilkinson, has been given one star two years after being tipped as a potential recipient.

The restaurant, in Oxton, was given the only new Michelin star to be awarded in north-west England in 2009.

Mr Wilkinson, who was born in Huyton, said: "It is fantastic news and it is still sinking in."

He added: "It has been hard work but it is great to get the recognition and will help us take the restaurant forward to the next level."

Quality restaurants

Fraiche, which won a Michelin rising star award two years running, was one of a record 26 restaurants to be awarded a single star for the first time.

Mr Wilkinson's light, modern French cuisine won over the anonymous judges of the publication.

Tourism chiefs have offered their congratulations and hope his success will draw more visitors to the region in search of fine dining.

Pam Wilsher, of the Mersey Partnership, said: "It is great news for the Liverpool city region and shows how our food offering is really coming of age.

"The range and quality of our restaurants have improved beyond recognition in recent years and we are delighted that Fraiche has achieved the first of what we hope will be several Michelin stars for the city region over the next few years."

The Michelin guide was due to be launched on Wednesday but details were leaked early, prompting the release of the 2009 list.

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