McCain has just announced Ru Paul’s Drag Race Superstar Baga Chiz as its new creative director.
Taking a leaf out of Pretty Little Thing’s book, the creators behind the nation’s favourite potato brands have brought on the superstar drag queen to oversee its creative output online.
Having already awarded herself an MBE for “contributions to the Potato Arts”, it sounds like she’s pretty well qualified for the role to be honest.
The self-proclaimed “Queen of Chips” will be getting involved with all the various creative outputs of the McCain business, starting with those all-important midweek meals.
Serving us delicious potato realness, she’s set to share her own fabulous take on British classics – including the beloved potato smiles and beans, and the ultimate UK favourite, the chip butty.
Styling things up with her very own personalised diamante oven glove, Baga will be on hand to give the nation ideas and inspiration on how the dishes can best be enjoyed – .kicking things off with a livestream from her personal Instagram account this Thursday 2 June.
She instantly won fans on the show for her hilarious portrayal of Margaret Thatcher on The Snatch Game (a celebrity impersonation challenge), and whilst she didn’t win the show she went on to appear on numerous others – including RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK vs the World 2022.
She’s also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and The Celebrity Circle.
Speaking on the announcement, Mark Hodge, Marketing Director at McCain, said: “We’re delighted to finally be able to unveil Baga as our first ever Creative Director – her iconic and fearless attitude perfectly encapsulates our ‘Anything Goes’ philosophy.
“With Baga’s support, we really want to highlight that any meal can be exciting when you invite McCain onto the plate – through our new series of social videos.”
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Food & Drink
Hit Christmas market stall opens permanently at Piccadilly Gardens
Crunch Korean Gansig has become a must-try foodie stall at the Manchester Christma Markets, now it’s pulled up at Picadilly Gardens permanently.
The hit Korean hot dog stall has wowed visitors over the past few years with its cheese, potato and meat-filled creations.
Deep-fried in a crispy waffle coating and then lightly rolled in sugar, these sausages on a stick come drizzled in sweet ketchup and mustard.
Incredibly moreish if we do say so ourselves, since first making their appearance at the 2021 Manchester Christmas Markets they’ve consistently been ranked one of the event’s best food traders.
Now, thanks to a new permanent stall popping up where it all began for the team, Manc foodies can enjoy their hot meaty and cheesy Korean goodies all year long.
Popular flavour choices include all-cheese, all-sausage and half-and-half versions, with a vegetarian-friendly cheese-filled version wrapped in a potato waffle coating, and halal-friendly options that are made using separate batter and fryers.
This really is a hot dog stand that caters to everyone. With owners having previously said they would work on a vegan hot dog once they got their own permanent stand, we don’t expect the plant-powered gang will be left waiting too much longer.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the Crunch Korean Gansig team wrote: “Hey guys, we’ve got exciting news to share! We are launching a new market stall in the Piccadilly garden street food market from tomorrow.
“After two years of successful Christmas trading, we are ready to take on a new challenge, and love to serve our hotdogs to you guys again!
“So come on down to the market and say hi, we love to see you there! See you soon!”
Fans of the Korean hot dog stall have responded to the news with enthusiasm, flooding into the comments to share their excitement.
One person wrote: “So excited we will have to go!!”
Another person said: “Nooooo stop!!! I’m so happy I could cry”
Officially open as of 1 June, find them at the Piccadilly Garden Street Food Market.
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Food & Drink
All the June Manchester restaurant deals, discounts and offers you need in 2023
There are a surprising number of places doing some big 50% off deals in Manchester this month, and we’re so here for it.
From half-price brunches, tapas and burgers to meal deals under a tenner and set menus for less than £30, use these offers to save a pretty penny and support your favourite local restaurants and bars at the same time.
Keep reading to discover the best dining deals in Manchester this June.
50% off food and drink – Manchester June dining deals
The offer: £5 burgers.
T&Cs: Available at all sites until 4 June. Phoenix, Triple Nom, Famous, Juicy Double and Liberty Island burgers are all included.
The Blues Kitchen
The offer: 90 minutes of bottomless buffalo or Korean wings for £12.
T&Cs: Available every Sunday between 12-6pm.
The offer: Free pizza with every drink.
T&Cs: This applies when you follow the bar on Instagram. Available Tuesday to Friday from 4.30-7.30pm.
The offer: £1.50 oysters and various drinks offers including £20 martini carafes.
T&Cs: Available from 4-7pm, first Friday of the month only.
The offer: Two for the price of one on big plates and boxes.
T&Cs: Available every Tuesday. Prebooking and purchase of one small plate are required to get the deal.
The offer: Complimentary bar snacks when you order a drink from the Aperitivo list.
T&Cs: Available Monday to Thursday, 4-6.30pm.
The offer: 50% off.
T&Cs: Applies to Firefly’s new Dawn menu. Available all day throughout June on Wednesdays and Sundays, from 12-5pm Thursdays and Fridays.