Paul Ainsworth was literally born into the hospitality industry. Growing up in and around his parents’ guesthouse in Southampton, he developed a strong sense of hard work and passion to succeed. Before he had even reached his teens, he had six jobs on the go. On leaving school, Paul studied catering and hospitality at Southampton City College, working locally at the Star hotel, and Careys Manor in the New Forest where he enhanced his passion for learning.
Paul appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu in 2011 and won the south west regional heat, which resulted in him serving his dessert at the final banquet at Leadenhall Market, London. He has since appeared on Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals, This Morning, The One Show and James Martin’s Saturday Morning. In 2018 Paul co-presented BBC1’s The Best Christmas Food Ever which saw Paul share his favourite Christmas recipes and cook for a number of celebrity guests. Paul and Emma support many charities including Hospitality Action, Springboard and most recently became ambassadors for the Cornwall Air Ambulance appeal. In April 2019, Paul ran the Virgin Money London Marathon, raising over £43,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK in honour of his late father.