Famous Faces Add Flavour To Our Walls

The stars of our vibrant photography exhibition – which celebrates 20 years of Tampopo in Manchester – were revealed last week at a special anniversary dinner.


Twenty unique pictures of some well-known local faces now decorate the walls of our Albert Square restaurant, everyone capturing a ‘Tampopo Champion’ tucking into their all-time favourite dish.


The Champions, family, friends, and Tampopo customers packed the restaurant for the unveiling; followed by a feast of food chosen by the exhibition’s stars.  


Each wonderful portrait by acclaimed Manchester photographer, Paul Wolfgang Webster, celebrates something special about that person, and why they love Tampopo.


The display will remain for customers to enjoy over the next 3 months, while hopefully raising lots of money for great causes: when a dish chosen by a champion is sold 20p will be donated to one of our named charities.*


Check out the photos to see which famous face shares your favoured Tampopo eat.

Broadchurch – and former Corrie – star Julie Hesmondhalgh has been caught clasping her National Television Award while about to enjoy a vegetable ramen.


Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan, risks chilli sauce over his robes to indulge in coconut prawns.


There’s a novel way of devouring a Pad Krapow for I Am Kloot’s Andy Hargreaves, who opts for drumsticks rather than chopsticks.


Former Happy Mondays singer, and X Factor contestant, Rowetta, holds a microphone up close to her Pad Thai.


So the next time you fancy dining among fantastic company, simply pull up a stool at one of our Albert Square long benches, and tuck in surrounded by Manchester’s finest!


ChampionWhat they doFavourite Dish
Andy Barker & Graham Massey808 StateGyosa
Jackie KearneyMasterchef FinalistSummer Rolls
John RobbLouder Than War EditorTempura Vegetables
Carl Austin-BehanFormer Lord Mayor of McrCoconut Prawns
Clint BoonInspiral Carpets Frontman, DJ and Radio PresenterPrawn Tempura
Justin MoorhouseComedian Sweet Potato Katsu
Graeme ParkDJThai Rare Beef Salad
RowettaSingerPad Thai Chicken
Mary-Ellen McTagueChefPad Thai Prawn
Tony HusbandPrivate Eye CartoonistPad Thai Vegetable
Jon DrapeMD of Ground ControlYaki Udon
 Justin & Luke “Unabomber”DJ Duo, The UnabombersNasi Goreng Prawn (and Yaki Udon)
Elizabeth Alker6 Music ReporterVegetable Rebus Soup
Jonathan SchofieldManchester Historian and JournalistSeafood Ramen
Dianne BourneManchester Evening News Diary EditorNasi Goreng Chicken
Julie HesmondhalghActressVegetable Ramen
Kazuo SonodaTampopo Waiter of 20 YearsLaksa
Andy HargreavesI Am Kloot DrummerChicken Pad Krapow
Ruth AllanFood Writer & Editor Manchester WireBeef Rendang
 Phil JonesFounder of MFDFBanana Fritters

Book now to celebrate with us at our Albert Square restaurant!

All images copyright Paul Wolfgang Webster


*The charities we’re supporting are:


The Tim Bacon Foundation – a charitable trust set up in the name of Living Ventures Founder, Tim Bacon, who passed away from cancer in 2016. The Foundation supports charities in their fight against cancer, including the Christie Hospital and University College London, who are raising funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London, and also for Maggie’s Centres.


Project Sumatra – an educational documentary that aims to highlight the issues which are driving the Sumatran orangutan towards extinction.