The Seafood Restaurant Rick Stein's Fish Restaurant Rick Stein Cafe
Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea, 1995 Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea, 1997 Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey, 1999 Fresh Food, 1999 The Seafood Lover's Guide, 2000 Rick Stein's French Odyssey, 2005 Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, 2009 Rick Stein's Spain, 2011 Rick Stein's India, 2013 Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul, 2015 Rick Stein’s Long Weekends, 2016 Rick Stein's Road to Mexico, 2017 Rick Stein's Secret France, 2019 Rick Stein's Cornwall, 2021
Christopher Richard "Rick" Stein, CBE (born 4 January 1947) is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television presenter. Along with business partner (and first wife) Jill Stein, he has run the Stein hotel and restaurant business in the UK. The business has a number of renowned restaurants, shops and hotels in Padstow along with other restaurants in Marlborough, Winchester and Barnes. He is also the head chef and a co-owner of "Rick Stein at Bannisters" at Mollymook and Port Stephens in Australia, with his second wife, Sarah. He has written cookery books and presented television programmes.
Being on his own, he read widely, reflected on his attitude to education, and applied successfully to New College, Oxford, where he earned an English degree in 1971. Shortly after that, he moved to Padstow.
After graduating, he converted a mobile disco in Padstow, which he had run as a student, into a quayside nightclub with his friend, Johnny. It became known for its freeze-dried curries. However, the nightclub lost its licence and was closed down by the police, mainly due to frequent brawls with local fishermen. The pair still had a licence for a restaurant in another part of the building, so they continued with that to avert bankruptcy. Stein ran the kitchen using the experience he had gained as a commis chef. Eventually he converted it into a small harbour-side bistro, "The Seafood Restaurant", with his first wife Jill in 1975.As of 2015[update], his business operates four restaurants, a bistro, a café, a seafood delicatessen, a pâtisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school. In 2007 threats against Stein's businesses were made by Cornish nationalists. His impact on the economy of Padstow is such that it has been nicknamed "Padstein".
In 2009, Stein made his first acquisition in the nearby village of St Merryn, 3½ miles from Padstow, taking over the Cornish Arms public house on the village's outskirts, intending to keep it as a traditional Cornish pub.
In October 2009, Stein and his future second wife (fiancée at the time), the publicist Sarah Burns, opened "Rick Stein at Bannisters" in Mollymook, Australia. Stein said at the time of opening, "Ever since a memorable weekend eating Pambula oysters and flathead in Merimbula in the sixties, I've had the image of the clean blue sea and sweet seafood of the South Coast fixed in my head so when I was introduced to Mollymook about six years ago I knew that one day I would open up a restaurant celebrating local fish and shellfish but keeping it really simple."
In 2018, Rick Stein opened up a second "Rick Stein at Bannisters" in Salamander Bay in Port Stephens, with his second wife Sarah Stein. Stein has become a popular television presenter on food programmes. After appearing once as guest chef in Keith Floyd's 1985 series Floyd on Fish and in his 1986 series Floyd on Food, he was offered the chance to present his own series – like the "travelogue" style of cookery show pioneered by Floyd – on BBC television, using Floyd's producer and director David Pritchard. This caused some rivalry, even feud, only resolved shortly before Floyd's death. His shows have included Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, Seafood Odyssey, Fresh Food, Seafood Lovers' Guide, Food Heroes, French Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein's Spain and Rick Stein's India. In the last five series, he set out in search of the best in the region's foods. Until 2007, Stein was often accompanied by his Jack Russell terrier, Chalky.
Much of Stein's television work has been released on VHS tape or DVD, but the BBC have yet to release some of the early pioneering series. Since late 2018, however, much has been licensed to the Good Food cable TV channel, where it has been broadcast with some heavy editing (and therefore omitting up to 20% of the original broadcast footage) to allow for the inclusion of adverts.
Stein met his first wife Jill Newstead in Padstow. They married in 1975 and set up their restaurant and hotel business. Stein has three sons with Jill: Edward, Jack and Charles who are involved in the family business.
He met Sarah Burns, 20 years his junior, in Australia in 1997, when she was a publicity manager for Australia Gourmet Traveller magazine. He and Sarah had a five-year affair before Jill found out and then divorced Rick in 2007, but agreed to continue to run the business together. Rick and Sarah married on 7 October 2011.
Stein has a brother, John, and a sister, Henrietta. He also has a half-brother, Jeremy, his mother's son from her first marriage. He is also the uncle of DJ and music producer Judge Jules.
Rick Stein's Seafood, 2001 - Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2001 – winner of category: Best Seafood and Fish in English; Best in the World Fish and Seafood (German translation – Gold medal – Gastronomische Akademie Deutschland 2003)
My Favourite Seafood Recipes, 2002 (Marks and Spencer cookery book)
Rick Stein's Food Heroes, 2002 – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2002 – winner of category: Best Local Cookery Book; Best Cookery Book of the Year in Great Britain / Jacob's Creek World Food Media Awards 2003: Silver for best hard cover recipe book
Rick Stein's Guide to the Food Heroes of Britain ( ISBN0-563-52175-9), 2003 – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2003 – winner of category: Best Guide
Rick Stein Cooks Fish (1997 VHS, re-issued as a bonus on Seafood Odyssey DVD)
Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea (1999 VHS release of 1995 broadcast)
Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey (1999 VHS & 2005 DVD)
Rick Stein's Seafood Lovers Guide (2001 VHS)
Rick Stein's Food Heroes (2003 VHS & 2005 DVD. DVD release also includes the 6 episodes of Rick Stein's Food Heroes, Another Helping, Series 1.)
Rick Stein's French Odyssey (2007 DVD)
Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes (2009 DVD)
Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey (2010 DVD)
Rick Stein's Spain (2011 DVD)
Rick Stein's India (2013 DVD)
Rick Stein's Venice To Istanbul (2015 DVD)
Rick Stein's Tastes of the World: From Cornwall to Shanghai (2016 DVD - a compilation of 6 individual broadcasts: Rick Stein's Taste of Shanghai, Rick Stein's German Odyssey, Rick Stein & The Japanese Ambassador Rick Stein Tastes the Blues, Rick Stein's Taste of the Italian Opera, Rick Stein's Cornish Christmas)
5 July 2016, Rick and Jill Stein received the Special Award at the prestigious Catey Awards, for their more than 41 years of outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry.
CBE – 2018 New Year Honours: For services to the economy
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