Some well-known faces have been tucking into their favourite Tampopo dishes to mark an amazing 20 years in Manchester.

Hard to believe that it’s 2 decades since Tampopo opened in an Albert Square basement as the city’s very first ‘noodle bar’.

Millions of bowls of noodles later, we’re still serving delicious East Asian cuisine to hungry diners in our 3 vibrant and successful restaurants.

In honour of this massive milestone, we commissioned a special, commemorative photography exhibition starring some of our best-known fans.

These ‘Tampopo Champions’ – who have supported us along our wonderful journey – are being photographed by acclaimed Manchester photographer, Paul Wolfgang Webster, alongside their best-loved Tampopo dish, to raise money for charity.

The portraits aimed to celebrate each individual and capture what they love about Tampopo.
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The favourite dishes, selected by our champions, were revealed on a special edition of the Tampopo menu. Throughout June, July and August, each time one of these dishes was sold in our Albert Square restaurant 20p was donated to charity.
The 2 charities we supported were:
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.
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On 24th May the final portraits were unveiled at a 20th anniversary dinner. The complete exhibition was also displayed at Tampopo Albert Square  from 24th May, and shared across our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under the name #Tampopo20.
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David Fox, Co-founder of Tampopo, said: “It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago when we made that huge leap into the unknown and launched our first Tampopo restaurant.
“Our little spot in the shadow of the Town Hall has been our home ever since, and we’ve seen the city transformed in that time.
“This exhibition is to recognise that milestone, as well as some of the fans and supporters who have helped, and eaten with us, along the way.
“I’m hoping that together we can raise lots of money for some great causes too.”
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We’ll be posting pictures on #Tampopo20, so keep checking for more fabulous faces!
Here is a list of all of our champions and their favourite dishes:

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