Rick is one of England’s most recognisable chefs, restaurateur and television presenter. He is the first TV chef everyone thinks of when it comes to seafood. But with his 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.
He didn’t always harbour ambitions to be an award-winning chef. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English, he spent several years at running a disco before buying an ailing local nightclub in Padstow.
He opened a restaurant that specialised in freshly caught local produce, supplied by the fishermen who had once frequented his club.
Rick Stein OBE 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 Café. 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.
Respected by his peers, Rick won the AA Guide Chefs’ Chef of the Year for 1999–2000.
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.
Rick Stein is Patron of the charities Padstow Youth Project, South West PESCA (Duchy Fish Quota Co.), the National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen, the National Coastwatch Institution, the Dyslexia Research Trust and The National Trust.
Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey was broadcast on BBC2 in July 2009.
Rick Stein’s Spain was broadcast on BBC2 in July 2011.
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He is currently the head chef and co-owner of “Rick Stein at Bannisters” at Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia, owns four restaurants in Padstow, and a fish and chip shop in Falmouth, Cornwall.