Jack Stein, Chef Director at Rick Stein restaurants, and Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden have launched a virtual food festival with headline chefs including Rick Stein and Angela Hartnett.
An Impressive lineup of headline chefs...
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 which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. The business has now grown to include 14 restaurants, a cookery school, rooms and retail, across Cornwall, in Winchester, Marlborough, Sandbanks and Barnes, London.
Rick’s latest TV series and accompanying book saw him explore from Dieppe in the north down to Cassis, discovering rustic recipes off the beaten track and celebrating the best of Secret France.
Jack’s debut cookbook was released in 2018, celebrating the universal language of food with a collection of recipes heavily inspired by the food, experience and culture encountered on his travels.
The past few years have seen Jack cook his way around Western Australia in two series of Jack Stein Born to Cook and travel around the Durbanville Wine Valley in South Africa, for a series with his brother Charlie. In his latest TV series, Jack took 10 classic British dishes around the world to share their history and see what the locals think of them in Jack Stein: Inside the Box.
After a background in media, Steven’s food career began nearly 20 years ago when he joined hugh fearnley-whittingstall’s river cottage team, regularly appearing in the tv series and being instrumental in establishing the internationally acclaimed cookery school on the devon / dorset border.
It is here that his knowledge of food was fine-tuned and his passion for curing & smoking and other artisan culinary methods was nurtured.
Born in Britain, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by her Italian grandmother and mother.
After starting out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano, L’Oranger and Petrus, Angela became head chef at Petrus within seven short months, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; MENU and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay.
In 2007 Angela was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is Chef Proprietor, and holds a Michelin star. Serving modern, seasonal food with an Italian accent, Murano is one of the few restaurants to hold 4 AA rosettes. The restaurant celebrated its 10th birthday last year.
In 2012 Angela opened Hartnett Holder & Co in partnership with Robin Hutson, and with Chef Luke Holder. In September 2013 Angela launched the critically acclaimed Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch. In November of that year she opened the similarly championed Cafe Murano, a brassier little sister to Murano, where she creates the menu with Sam Williams as Executive Chef. In June 2015 a second Cafe Murano opened on Tavistock Street, Covent Garden. In November 2019, Angela will open a third Cafe Murano, on London’s Bermondsey Street.
Angela has two cookbooks to her name, Cucina (2007) and Angela’s Kitchen (2011), both published by Ebury
What started out as a hobby for the sixth generation farmer has grown into a successful business, harvesting salad and vegetables in the morning and personally delivering to local restaurants in time for lunch. Ross has also opened up an honesty box farm shop and offers a veg box delivery scheme to people in the local area.
Ross has written monthly columns in the gardening section of The Telegraph, appears monthly on BBC Radio Cornwall’s Gardenline, and has featured a few times on BBC1’s Countryfile. To keep his hand in the kitchen, he also holds monthly pop up cookery events in his polytunnel. Using only ingredients grown or reared at the farm, Ross prides his events on their sustainable and strictly seasonal, zero-mile menus.
He owns three restaurants in London – José, Pizarro and José Pizarro. In 2019, José is opening The Swan Inn in Esher, a country pub with an à la carte menu, which will feature pub classics alongside regional Spanish dishes.
In 2014 José was voted one of ‘100 españoles’ – a hugely prestigious award, which showcases the top 100 Spaniards around the world, based on how they have brought their talents to the masses and demonstrated their Spanish pride through their work
His mother trained at Cordon Bleu and her enthusiasm for food, particularly fish, was passed on to Rick. With a passion for food ingrained his blood, Rick went on to manage various different sites for Fishworks before realising his and wife Katie’s joint dream of owning their own restaurant. Despite having had no formal food training, founder Rick, along with his wife Katie, discovered their dish inspiration from all avenues, including travelling and visiting other restaurants and spending days working for free at various fishmongers before opening their first Prawn on the Lawn in Islington in 2013.
Katie and Rick have since opened two further restaurants in Padstow, another Prawn on the Lawn in2015, followed by Barnaby’s in 2018. Rick and Katie also launched their debut cookbook, Fish and Seafood To Share.
Why the Virtual Food Festival?
- To support local suppliers at this challenging time and give something back to those businesses that underpin the hospitality industry with their produce
- To create an awareness of local suppliers in your area
- To drive a charity donation from suppliers via the orders, to a nominated charity
It took place on Easter Monday 10am, the festival aims to showcase and support local farmers, fishermen and food suppliers, who have lost valuable trade with the enforced restaurant closures but are still able to support those in the community and further afield with food deliveries to homes.
The virtual festival included live demonstrations every hour on Monday from chefs including Rick Stein, Angela Hartnett, José Pizarro, Mitch Tonks, Rick Toogood, Ross Geach and Jack Stein. The demonstrations featured suppliers that are able to sell their produce for people to cook at home and inspiration on how to cook and make the best use of the seasonal produce.
The supplier websites
- Matthew Stevens – Fish
- Fish for Thought – Fish
- Philip Warren – Butcher
- Mevalco – Fine foods from Spain
- BinTwo – Wine
- http://www.mevalco.com/The Sea The Sea – Fresh fish and grocery items
- Tempus Foods – British charcuterie
- Johnny Murt – Padstow Lobsters (Local distribution)
- Padstow Kitchen Garden – High quality vegetables
- Haywood Farm Cider – Cider
- The Vintner – Wine
How to view the food festival
The festival was streamed live on the Rick Stein Restaurants Instagram channel, with Rick Stein opening the festival at 10am on Monday 13th April. You can now view the event archive on YouTube. Or view each section above.