Rick Stein OBE is an English chef, restaurateur, cookery book author and television presenter. He has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 programmes including 12 cookery series. He has also cooked for The Queen and Prince Philip, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and French President, Jacques Chirac.
Rick is best known for a love of fresh seafood and made his name in the 90's with his earliest books and television series based on his life as chef and owner of The Seafood Restaurant in the fishing port of Padstow on the North Coast of Cornwall which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. As he said at the time "nothing is more exhilarating than fresh fish simply cooked."
Since then he has expanded his horizons to cover numerous journeys over the world in search of great dishes, and also increased his business empire.
In February 2016, BBC aired a one off Rick Stein’s Taste of Shanghai episode, looking at how much Shanghai’s culinary roots have changed over the past 20 years. 2016 will also see the opening of a new restaurant in Marlborough.