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Posted on Nov 4, 2016 by

The Padstow Christmas Festival barely needs an introduction. Now in its ninth year, it will take place from 1 to 4 December 2016 and is an unmissable event for food lovers.

This year there are over 50 chefs on the staggeringly impressive line-up. Here’s the low-down, in (very diplomatic) alphabetical order.

Paul Ainsworth. Local hero, all-round lovely guy, and proud owner of Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Rojano’s in the Square and Padstow Townhouse.

Simon Allott. Head chef at Rick Stein’s Porthleven restaurant.

Andy Appleton. Previously head chef at Fifteen Cornwall, now at his eponomous restaurant Appleton’s at the Vineyard at Trevibban Mill cooking up beautiful Italian-inspired dishes.

Sat Bains. Legendary Nottingham-based chef with two Michelin stars to his name. His first visit to Padstow Christmas Festival.

Nieves Barragán Mohacho. Originally from the Basque Country, now executive head chef at the three Barrafina restaurants in London. Hugely respected, super-friendly and winner of many top awards.

Neil Borthwick. Head chef at Merchants Tavern in London, founded with Angela Hartnett in 2013.

Chris Burrell. Head chef at The Pickwick Inn, St Issey.

Michael Caines. Executive chef at Gidleigh Park for 21 years, received MBE in 2006 for services to hospitality industry. In the process of opening a new country house hotel overlooking the Exe Estuary.

Jack Clayton. Head chef at The Carew Arms, a new gastropub in Antony.

Fergus Coyle. Head chef at Rick Stein’s Fistral restaurant.

Stephane Delourme. Longest-serving head chef in town, holding the prestigious position at The Seafood Restaurant since 1998.

Paul Dodd. Chef director at Rojano’s in the Square, Padstow.

Dan Doherty. Executive chef at Duck and Waffle, London’s “highest 24-hour restaurant” on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower.

Lee Easdon. Owner of Street Food Café, pop up restaurant at Padstow Kitchen Garden.

Nick Evans. Head chef lecturer at Rick Stein’s Cookery School.

Henk Ferreira. Former butcher, now chef at The Halfway House near Wadebridge.

Ross Geach. Former chef and now owner of Padstow Kitchen Garden.

José Graziosi. Head chef at Hotel Endsleigh in Devon.

Angela Hartnett. We love Angela. Owner of Murano, Café Murano and Lime Wood Hotel (with Luke Holder).

Zack Hawke. Head chef at The Mariner’s in Rock.

Nigel Haworth. Head chef at Northcote for nearly 30 years, and holder of a Michelin star since 1995.

Paul Harwood. Previously at Rick Stein’s, now chef patron at The Fish House, Fistral.

Nick Hemming. Catering Development Manager for St Austell Brewery.

Gavin Hill. Head chef at The Quies Restaurant in St Merryn.

Luke Holder. Co-head chef (with Angela Hartnett) of Hartnett, Holder & Co at the five star Lime Wood Hotel in Hampshire.

Barry Horne. Head chef at Rafferty’s in St Merryn.

Simon Hulstone. Chef proprietor at The Elephant in Torquay, holder of a Michelin star since 2006.

Robin Hutson. Founder of Hotel du Vin, and now proprietor of The Pig hotels in the New Forest, Dorset and Devon.

Tom Kerridge. Legend. TV personality. Celebrity chef. Lovely man. Owner of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, the first pub to receive two Michelin stars.

Reza Mahammad. Owner of famous The Star of India, award-winning restaurant serving innovative yet authentic Indian cuisine.

James Nathan. Winner of MasterChef in 2008, now head chef at St Enodoc Hotel in Rock.

Adrian Oliver. Following 20 years at Padstow favourite Margot’s, now at The Old Mill Bistro in Little Petherick.

Nathan Outlaw. Another local superstar, with four Michelin stars to his name. Four restaurants: Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, Outlaw’s at the Capital in London and, most recently, in Dubai.

Ashley Palmer Watts. Executive Head Chef for the Fat Duck group, currently heads up the kitchen at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park.

Stuart Pate. Executive Patisserie Chef for Rick Stein‘s restaurants. Makes the most beautiful desserts, cakes and chocolates.

Martin Perkins. Head chef at St Kew Inn in North Cornwall.

Tim Pile. Head chef at The Rosevine hotel on the Roseland Peninsula.

Anton Piotrowski. Chef patron of two award-winning pubs: Michelin-starred The Treby Arms and The Springer Spaniel.

José Pizarro. Spanish chef with three brilliant London restaurants, and most recently a cookbook about Basque cuisine.

Frances Quinn. Winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2013.

Bruce Rennie. Head chef and owner of The Shore in Penzance.

Peter and Paco Sanchez. Chef/owners of the innovative and Michelin-starred Casamia in Bristol.

Mark Sargeant. Restaurateur with venues in Kent and London, as well as consultant chef and cookery book writer.

Max Savage. Head chef at Havener’s Bar and Grill in Fowey.

Emily Scott. Chef owner of St Tudy Inn, recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Joe Simmonds. Head chef turning out fabulous food at Cornish hotel The Beach at Bude.

Clare Smyth. First female chef to hold three Michelin stars at Gordon Ramsay’s flagship London restaurant. Recently awarded the title of Michelin Female Chef 2017, and about to open her own restaurant.

Jack Stein. Executive chef for Rick Stein’s restaurants. And, incidentally, Rick’s son.

Rick Stein. Needs no introduction. The reason Padstow is what it is today.

James Strawbridge. Owner of Posh Pasty Company and executive chef of Havener’s Bar and Grill in Fowey.

Nigel Tabb. Chef patron of Tabb’s Restaurant in Truro.

Mitch Tonks. Award-winning restaurateur, fabulous fish-specialist and owner of The Seahorse, The Spiny Lobster and five RockFish restaurants across the Southwest.

Rick Toogood. Owner of two Prawn on the Lawn restaurants, in Islington and Padstow.

Brian Turner. Celebrity chef, awarded a CBE for services to the catering industry. Appeared on Ready Steady Cook for 14 years.

Phil Vickery. Resident chef on ITV’s This Morning since 1999, and writer of 15 cookery books.

Paul Wadham. Head chef at Olga Polizzi’s Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes.

John Walton. Head chef at Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No 6 in Padstow.

Emily Watkins. Great British Menu winner, owner of The Kingham Plough, and most recently consultant chef of The Carew Arms in Antony.

Hugo Woolley. Famed for his breakfasts at Woodlands Country House, and producer of Hugo’s Breakfast Cereals.



Of course there’ll be much more going on than just cookery demonstrations. There are over a hundred food and drink, arts and craft stalls in the huge marquee on the harbourside, and the many shops, cafés and restaurants in Padstow will be open. Carol-singing, Santa’s grotto, lantern parade, Santa fun run and magnificent firework display are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.

For full details, including timetable, stallholders and practical information, visit



For news and updates before, during and after the festival, see:

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