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Opening: Bury to welcome two new restaurants

An AA Rosette-winning chef, who worked at Lavenham’s Angel, plans to open Dough & Co Woodfired Pizza followed by a branch of Burger Amour

Bury will welcome two new restaurants by the end of the year - thanks to an entrepreneur who’s worked his way up from pot washer to head chef to owning an entire foodie empire.

Chris Sharman, an AA Rosette-winning chef who worked at Lavenham’s Angel during Marco Pierre White’s tenure, plans to open Dough & Co Woodfired Pizza in the former Patisserie Valerie unit on Abbeygate Street next month, followed by a branch of Burger Amour where ASK Italian was on Parkway. By the end of 2020, the 28-year-old will own 11 eateries.

Starting his pizzeria business in a converted horse box, which he took to big events, Chris then opened the first bricks-and-mortar Dough & Co in Sudbury in 2018. “I’ve wanted to open one in Bury for the longest time. There’s three other Dough & Co restaurants now and they’re all in really nice old buildings that have some history to them,” he says. “The reason Patisserie Valerie is particularly good, apart from being in Abbeygate Street, is the fact there’s an old chimney so we’re able to use that.” Burger Amour, already based in Colchester and Bishop’s Stortford, has a “lighter, relaxed, fast-food” style with food ordered via computers.

“We’re not all about profit because I’m a chef,” says Chris, who sources quality ingredients, including authentic Italian mozzarellas and local rare breed meats, and employs pro chefs who cook from scratch. “We make good money and it grows itself,” adds Chris, “but it’s really more about the fact we care about customers. We do want to be proud of what we serve.”

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