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Rick Stein

Rick Stein

 

Rick Stein OBE is the first TV chef everyone thinks of when it comes to seafood. But with his TV series Food Heroes, Rick has shown that he’s equally passionate about the best of British produce whatever its provenance. In his most recent series French Odyssey, he also revealed a passion for the French way of life, especially the food culture.

Stein didn’t always harbour ambitions to be an award-winning chef. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English, he spent several years at running a disco before buying an ailing local nightclub in Padstow.

The venture was not a success and Rick turned to food as a way out. He opened a restaurant that specialised in freshly caught local produce, supplied by the fishermen who had once frequented his club.

Rick has run the Seafood Restaurant for more than 25 years, seeing it grow from a seaside bistro to an award-winning restaurant with an international reputation. Since those early days, the Steins have added guest bedrooms, a Seafood Delicatessen, a gift shop and two smaller restaurants – St Petroc’s Bistro and Rick Stein’s CafĂ©. The most recent addition is the Padstow Seafood School overlooking the Camel estuary and a fish and chips takeaway.

He has been honoured for his cookery success with many awards, including the Glenfiddich Trophy for his outstanding contribution to widening the understanding and appreciation of excellent food and drink in Britain through his work as a chef, teacher, presenter and author.

His many TV programmes and books include Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, Seafood Odyssey, Fresh Food, Seafood Lovers’ Guide, Food Heroes, French Odyssey and, most recently, Mediterranean Escapes.

In January 2003, Rick was awarded an OBE for services to Cornish tourism. He’s based in Padstow but spends several weeks each year in Sydney, Australia.

 
 

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