Top chef Eric Paxman has revealed plans he’s been cooking up for a while – Huddersfield’s first gourmet burger restaurant.

The man behind Eric’s in Lidget Street, Lindley, is now set to open PAX Burger next door.

In November the Examiner told how Eric had taken over neighbouring La Cocina and was preparing to launch something new.

Now he has announced PAX which will open at the end of February.

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Claiming to be Huddersfield’s first gourmet burger restaurant, the venture will create 20 new jobs and seat 62 people.

Diners will choose from seven different types of burger, each created by Eric, plus a selection of side dishes with everything made fresh in the kitchen.

“PAX Burger brings something completely different to Huddersfield,” said Eric. “It’s a very simple concept giving customers the chance to try a delicious range of burgers that is unlike any other.

Logo for Eric Paxman's new restaurant PAX Burger

“There will be a choice of beef, chicken and lamb plus a vegetarian option, all made with a twist and using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. We also plan to offer a burger that changes each season as well as one made specially for children.

The restaurant will be casual but high quality, giving diners the option to enjoy a drink before or after eating in the large bar area, including American-style cocktails and a choice of freshly made milkshakes.”

Work on the refurbishment of La Cocina is due to start within the next two weeks as a recruitment drive is launched.

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A total of 20 jobs are up for grabs at all levels including waiting staff, chefs and a restaurant manager.

Eric added: “With the wheels now firmly in motion, we’re keen to fill all of the positions by the end of this month, so are keen to hear from anyone interested in working for us and who has relevant experience.

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“This is a chance to come and work for an exciting new brand that we’re making a huge investment in.

“Although PAX Burger is very different to Eric’s we are confident that it will be just as successful and we can’t wait to open.”

Eric’s is an award-winning fine dining restaurant opened in 2010. La Cocina had served Mediterranean and tapas-style food since 2012.

Erics Restaurant, Lindley, Huddersfield. Chef and proprietor Eric Paxman.