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!


Champion What they do Favourite Dish
Andy Barker & Graham Massey 808 State Gyosa
Jackie Kearney Masterchef Finalist Summer Rolls
John Robb Louder Than War Editor Tempura Vegetables
Carl Austin-Behan Former Lord Mayor of Mcr Coconut Prawns
Clint Boon Inspiral Carpets Frontman, DJ and Radio Presenter Prawn Tempura
Justin Moorhouse Comedian  Sweet Potato Katsu
Graeme Park DJ Thai Rare Beef Salad
Rowetta Singer Pad Thai Chicken
Mary-Ellen McTague Chef Pad Thai Prawn
Tony Husband Private Eye Cartoonist Pad Thai Vegetable
Jon Drape MD of Ground Control Yaki Udon
 Justin & Luke “Unabomber” DJ Duo, The Unabombers Nasi Goreng Prawn (and Yaki Udon)
Elizabeth Alker 6 Music Reporter Vegetable Rebus Soup
Jonathan Schofield Manchester Historian and Journalist Seafood Ramen
Dianne Bourne Manchester Evening News Diary Editor Nasi Goreng Chicken
Julie Hesmondhalgh Actress Vegetable Ramen
Kazuo Sonoda Tampopo Waiter of 20 Years Laksa
Andy Hargreaves I Am Kloot Drummer Chicken Pad Krapow
Ruth Allan Food Writer & Editor Manchester Wire Beef Rendang
 Phil Jones Founder of MFDF Banana 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.