Rick Stein launches the Padstow Cookbook
PUBLISHED: 14:46 14 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:21 20 February 2013
His television and writing career might take him to far flung corners of the globe, but it with Padstow which Rick Stein will always be associated - and it's Padstow to which he still devotes much of his time and his effort.
Booking in for the latest festival fun -Rick Stein launches the Padstow Cookbook
His television and writing career might take him to far flung corners of the globe, but it with Padstow which Rick Stein will always be associated and its Padstow to which he still devotes much of his time and his effort.
Deeds match words when it comes to Ricks commitment to the village and its community; forget the Padstein jibes, there is evidence everywhere that he genuinely cares for the place.
Never was that more evident than his support for the annual Padstow Christmas Festival, now in its fifth year and this time around boosted by the release of The Padstow Cookbook, a stunning collection of recipes featuring a whos who of chefs.
From newly-anointed Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth, to Phil Vickery, Mitch Tonks, Mark Hix and Nathan Outlaw, through to Ricks son Jack, now head of development at the Seafood Restaurant, the book has famous names on every page.
And the recipes look tempting enough for not only us mere mortals to try, but Rick is tempted to dive in and try his fellow chefs suggestions too.
Of course Ill have a go at them, he tells Cornwall Life at the launch of the book. Theres some fantastic recipes in there and I know all these guys and what they get up to so well; I like to see what they are doing and have a go at them myself.
To me this festival is just a great bit of fun. You get the guys all together and we share stories and do some demonstrations and it really means we get to see Padstow buzzing at a time when it might have been a little quiet.
Over the years its developed into a lovely event and I look forward to it every year. Of course, she wont like me saying so, but the real credit has to Tina Evans, the festival organiser. She is the real reason it is so successful.
Rick dashed to the launch of the book, which will raise funds for this years festival, in the middle of a typically hectic period which saw him about to start filming for a new television series in India, but he is determined to still play his part in the festival.
I am really looking forward to the work in India. We want to show elements of Indian cookery that have perhaps been lost over the years as we get used to the more uniform cooking from Indian restaurants, which is great stuff, but perhaps not always the real Indian food.
But Ill be back for the festival and I really hope this book does well in the run-up. Its a fantastic collection of recipes and is another great element to the event.
Overseeing the editing process of the book is Hugo Woolley, the well-known breakfast expert and owner of the Woodlands Country House Hotel on the edge of Padstow.
And Hugo, who has his own collection of breakfast specials featured, says it was no easy task coordinating so many busy chefs: It has been quite a tough process getting all the recipes in and making sure they were the right fit for the collection.
But I am really pleased with the end result and proud we have done something new for this years festival.
Hugo, who will be demoing at the festival along with Rick and all three of Cornwalls Michelin-starred chefs Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth and Chris Eden of the Driftwood Hotel says it has been a delight to see the event grow from humble beginnings.
When I did my first demo at the festival there was a handful of people, he says. And then every time I come back there are more and more. It really is a landmark event now and the line-up we have this year is better than ever.
The Padstow Christmas Festival takes place on December 7, 8 and 9. More details at www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk
The Padstow Cookbook, priced 9.95, is available from various outlets in Padstow, and can be bought via mail order from Padstow Tourist Centre