British Travel Journal



Award-winning chef talks Cornish beaches, cooking inspo and becoming Padstow’s biggest attraction

RWords | Chantal Borciani

ICK STEIN'S LOVE AFFAIR with Cornwall began in his childhood and has helped define his prestigiou­s culinary career. “My parents had a house at Trevose Head from the late 1930's so my memories go back to when I was extremely tiny in the early 50s; swimming at the beach below our house which is now where the lifeboat house is, buckets and spades, blue and very uncomforta­ble woollen swimming costumes,” explains Rick.

In 1975, the chef set up a small fish restaurant on the harboursid­e in Padstow with his wife Jill and over the ensuing decades The Seafood Restaurant won internatio­nal acclaim for its boat-fresh fish menu and put the picturesqu­e Cornish haven on the map like never before.

The Stein empire in Padstow has certainly blossomed – a café, deli and gift shop followed the restaurant, along with a cookery school, and a hotel and bistro up the lanes at St Petroc's. Rick's love and skill for cooking fresh seafood simply yet exquisitel­y secured book deals and ever popular TV series. Rick's travel diaries from around the world have brought the flavours of the world into UK living rooms for decades and accompanyi­ng cookery books were – and continue to be – best sellers.

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