Rick Stein

Last updated

Rick Stein
CBE
Rick Stein.JPG
Stein in 2012
Born
Christopher Richard Stein

(1947-01-04) 4 January 1947 (age 74)
Education Uppingham School
New College, Oxford
Spouse(s)
Jill Stein
(m. 19752007)

Sarah Burns
(m. 2011)
Children3
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
  • The Seafood Restaurant
    Rick Stein's Fish Restaurant
    Rick Stein Cafe
Television show(s)
  • 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
Website rickstein.com

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. [1] He has written cookery books and presented television programmes.

Contents

Early years

Of German descent, Christopher Richard Stein was born on 4 January 1947 [2] in Churchill, Oxfordshire, to Eric and Dorothy Stein. [3] He was born and brought up on a farm. [4] [5] [6]

Stein was educated at Wells Court, a preparatory school just outside Tewkesbury, [7] then Wells House, the Court's bigger sister-school at Malvern Wells, and then Uppingham School. He took A-levels in English, History and Geography, but failed all of them. He moved to a cram school in Brighton, gaining E grades in English and History. [8]

Stein partially completed a hotel management traineeship with British Transport Hotels at its Great Western Royal Hotel in Paddington. [9] He worked there as a chef for six months. Distraught by his father's suicide, at age 19 he went to Australia, where he worked as a labourer in an abattoir and as a clerk in a naval dockyard. He travelled to New Zealand and Mexico around that time to "take some time out". [10]

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. [11]

Career

Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, Padstow The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow - geograph.org.uk - 995552.jpg
Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant, 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. [10] [11] 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. [12] As of 2015, his business operates four restaurants, a bistro, a café, a seafood delicatessen, a pâtisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school. [13] In 2007 threats against Stein's businesses were made by Cornish nationalists. [14] His impact on the economy of Padstow is such that it has been nicknamed "Padstein". [15]

Stein's Patisserie in Padstow Rick Stein's Patisserie in Padstow.jpg
Stein's Patisserie in Padstow

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. [16]

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." [1]

Rick Stein's Cafe in Padstow Rick Stein's Cafe, Padstow - geograph.org.uk - 462882.jpg
Rick Stein's Café in Padstow

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.[ citation needed ] This caused some rivalry, even feud, only resolved shortly before Floyd's death.[ citation needed ] 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. [17] Until 2007, Stein was often accompanied by his Jack Russell terrier, Chalky. [18]

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.[ citation needed ]

A book has accompanied each series, and his book English Seafood Cookery won the Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year in 1989. Stein was awarded the OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours for services to tourism in Cornwall [19] and the CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to the economy. [20]

On 22 June 2020, it was confirmed that Stein's restaurant in Porthleven, Cornwall would close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The restaurant had been closed since March 2020. [21] In July it was announced that chef Michael Caines would take over the restaurant. [22]

Personal life

Stein at a 2006 cookery demonstration in Melbourne, Australia Rick Stein cooking demonstration in 2006.jpg
Stein at a 2006 cookery demonstration in Melbourne, Australia

In 1965, when Stein was 18, his father, a retired managing director of The Distillers Company, killed himself by jumping from a cliff, near the family's holiday home at Trevose Head, after suffering from bipolar disorder. [23] [24] [25]

Stein met his first wife Jill Newstead [26] 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. [27] [28]

He met Sarah Burns, 20 years his junior, in Australia in 1997, when she was a publicity manager for Australia Gourmet Traveller magazine. [29] [30] He and Sarah had a five-year affair before Jill found out and then divorced Rick in 2007, [31] but agreed to continue to run the business together. [32] Rick and Sarah married on 7 October 2011. [29] [30]

Stein has a brother, John, and a sister, Henrietta. [33] He also has a half-brother, Jeremy, his mother's son from her first marriage. [33] He is also the uncle of DJ and music producer Judge Jules. [34]

Charity work

Stein is patron of the charities Padstow Youth Project, South West PESCA (Duchy Fish Quota Co.), the National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen, the National Coastwatch Institution, the Dyslexia Research Trust, and The National Trust.[ citation needed ]

Restaurants owned or operated by Rick Stein

England

RestaurantLocationDate openedDate closedRef
The Seafood Restaurant Padstow, Cornwall 1975- [35]
St. Petroc's Bistro Padstow, Cornwall 1997- [36]
Stein's Fish & Chips Padstow, Cornwall 2004- [37]
The Cornish Arms Padstow, Cornwall 16 February 2009- [38]
Rick Stein, Falmouth Falmouth, Cornwall 19 March 2010- [39]
Rick Stein, Winchester Winchester, Hampshire 4 November 2014- [40]
Rick Stein, Porthleven Porthleven, Cornwall 8 November 2014March 2020 [41] [42]
Rick Stein, Fistral Newquay, Cornwall 3 April 2015- [43]
Rick Stein, Sandbanks Sandbanks, Dorset November 2015- [44]
Rick Stein, Marlborough Marlborough, Wiltshire 8 October 2016- [45]
Rick Stein, Barnes Barnes, London 23 March 2017- [46]
Stein’s on the Quay Padstow, Cornwall Early Summer 2020Late Summer 2020 [47]

Australia

RestaurantLocationDate openedDate closedRef
Rick Stein at Bannisters Mollymook Mollymook, New South Wales 1 October 2009- [48]
Rick Stein at Bannisters Port Stephens Port Stephens, New South Wales 7 September 2018- [49]

Publications

TV

DVD / VHS

Other awards

For the restaurant:

For the man:

Related Research Articles

Padstow Human settlement in England

Padstow is a town, civil parish and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, England, UK. The town is situated on the west bank of the River Camel estuary approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Wadebridge, 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Bodmin and 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Newquay. The population of Padstow civil parish was 3,162 in the 2001 census, reducing to 2,993 at the 2011 census. In addition an electoral ward with the same name exists but extends as far as Trevose Head. The population for this ward is 4,434

Jamie Oliver British chef and restaurateur

Jamie Trevor Oliver is a British chef and restaurateur and cook book author. He is known for his approachable cuisine, which has led him to front numerous television shows and open many restaurants.

Keith Floyd English cook and TV personality

Keith Floyd was an English celebrity cook, restaurateur, television personality and "gastronaut" who hosted cooking shows for the BBC and published many books combining cookery and travel. On television, his eccentric style of presentation – usually drinking wine as he cooked and talking to his crew – endeared him to millions of viewers worldwide.

Heston Blumenthal English chef

Heston Marc Blumenthal is a British celebrity chef. Blumenthal is regarded as a pioneer of multi-sensory cooking, food pairing and flavour encapsulation. He came to public attention with unusual recipes, such as bacon and egg ice cream, and snail porridge. His recipes for triple-cooked chips and soft-centred Scotch eggs have been widely imitated. He has advocated a scientific approach to cooking, for which he has been awarded honorary degrees from Reading, Bristol and London universities and made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Nigel Slater is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has written a column for The Observer Magazine for over a decade and is the principal writer for the Observer Food Monthly supplement. Prior to this, Slater was food writer for Marie Claire for five years. He also serves as art director for his books.

James Martin (chef) British chef and television presenter (born 1972)

James Martin is a British chef and television presenter, best known for his television work with the BBC and ITV.

Giorgio Locatelli Italian chef (born 1963)

Giorgio Locatelli is an Italian chef working in the United Kingdom.

Mark Sargeant

Mark Sargeant is an English chef and restaurateur from Larkfield, Kent.

Mark Hix English chef and restaurateur

Mark Ernest Hix is an English chef and restaurateur whose traditional English menus often feature foraged and local foods. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hix was based in London, but announced in January 2021 that he would be relocating to Dorset permanently after five of his restaurants were put into administration.

James Nathan

James Nathan is a barrister best known as the winner of the BBC's MasterChef 2008, having beaten Emily Ludolf and Jonny Stevenson in the grand final.

Rajinder Tony Singh Kusbia, is a Scottish celebrity chef and restaurateur. He is best known for combining Scottish produce with an arty, eclectic and accessible style of cooking.

Jeremy James Lee is a British celebrity chef and chef proprietor at Quo Vadis, London. He had previously been head chef at the Blueprint Café for eighteen years.

Cornish cuisine

Cornish cuisine encompasses the cooking styles, traditions and recipes associated with Cornwall and the Cornish people. It has been heavily influenced by the geography of the county as well as its social history.

Simon Charles Hopkinson is an English food writer, critic and former chef. He published his first cookbook, Roast Chicken and Other Stories, in 1994.

Robert Chinn is an American/New Zealand international chef, television presenter, restaurateur and cookbook author. He is a culinary celebrity across Asia and the Middle East, thanks to his role as host of Discovery TLC's World Cafe, and as a judge on MBC's Top Chef Middle East. He opened two award-winning restaurants in Vietnam – Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi (2001) and Bobby Chinn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh (2011), then relocated to London in 2014 and opened the House of Ho Vietnamese restaurant.

Nathan Outlaw is an English professional chef who has worked previously with television chef Rick Stein. He now runs his self-titled two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in Port Isaac, Cornwall. He has appeared on television shows such as BBC's Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen.

Colin Pressdee is a food writer, broadcaster and consultant living in London.

Margot Henderson is a New Zealand chef, caterer, and cookery writer who lives in the United Kingdom. With Melanie Arnold, Henderson runs the caterers Arnold & Henderson, and is the co-patron and chef of the Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch. She is married to fellow chef and restaurateur Fergus Henderson; the couple have three children.

Paul Ainsworth is a British chef from Southampton, England. He is chef-patron at Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow, Cornwall which was awarded a Michelin star in 2013 and has four AA Rosettes. After studying at catering college, Ainsworth worked for Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing.

Jill Stein (restaurateur)

Jill Stein is a British restaurateur and interior designer, known for co-running The Seafood Restaurant with former husband Rick Stein. In 2019, she was named the chair of Visit Cornwall.

References

  1. 1 2 "Rick Stein at Bannisters". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. "Rick Stein". dunedinlibraries.govt.nz. Archived from the original on 25 July 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  3. "Rick Stein signs books in city". Oxford Mail . 23 July 2011.
  4. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp09868/rick-stein
  5. The Independent
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jul/27/rick-stein-oh-god-ive-had-a-lot-of-therapy
  7. Sale, Jonathan (2 November 2000). "An Education in the Life of Rick Stein, Master Chef". The Independent . London.
  8. Stein, Rick (31 May 2015). "Rick Stein - A Life Through Food". The Food Programme (Interview). Interviewed by Sheila Dillon. Bristol: Anne-Marie Bullock. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  9. "Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100: Rick Stein, the Seafood Restaurant". Caterer and Hotelkeeper. 6 December 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. 1 2 "Rick Stein - Celebrity Angels". 23 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  11. 1 2 "A fishy twist in the tale of two brothers", Oxford Today, Volume 22 No 3, Trinity 2010, archived from the original on 6 October 2013
  12. "The Seafood Restaurant" . Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  13. "BBC Lifestyle". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  14. Haines, Lester. "Cornish separatists menace Jamie Oliver" . Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  15. Gerard, Jasper (14 January 2009). "Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant in Padstow". The Daily Telegraph . London. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  16. "Rick's food empire reels in village pub". 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  17. "BBC Shop US & Canada - DVDs, Blu-rays & Best of British TV" . Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  18. "Celebrity chef Stein's dog dies". BBC News . 16 January 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  19. Debrett's – Rick Stein Archived 7 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  20. "Rick awarded CBE in New Year's Honours List". Rick Stein. 26 June 2018.
  21. "Rick Stein confirms closure of two restaurants" . Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  22. "Rick Stein Porthleven to be taken over by Michael Caines" . Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  23. "Rick Stein". Who Do You Think You Are? . Series 6. Episode 3. 16 February 2009. 03:18 minutes in. BBC. ... when he committed suicide here on this coast.
  24. Viner, Brian (24 August 2002), "Rick Stein: The chef in a pickle, yearning for the simple things in life", The Independent , archived from the original on 24 January 2009
  25. "Rick Stein: 'Public trauma? It's the price of fame'" . Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  26. "Rick Stein: My second wife has saved me from my father's shadow". 2 December 2013.
  27. Adams, Tim (19 April 2015). "The Stein family saga: 40 years of the Seafood Restaurant". The Guardian.
  28. "Find out about Rick Stein restaurants and more". Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  29. 1 2 Singer, Melissa (9 October 2011). "Celebrity chef Stein walks down the aisle in relaxed Aussie style". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  30. 1 2 "My midlife odyssey". 27 September 2013.
  31. "Celebrity chef's marriage ends". 8 June 2007.
  32. Tyzack, Anna (22 October 2011). "Jill Stein: Stepping out from her husband Rick's shadow".
  33. 1 2 "New Stories: Rick Stein". Who Do You Think You Are? . BBC . Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  34. Holt, Laura (10 February 2012). "My Life in Travel: Judge Jules, DJ and music producer". The Independent . Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  35. "The Seafood Restaurant" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  36. "Caterersearch.com 100: Rick Stein" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  37. "Stein's Fish and Chips" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  38. "Rick Stein becomes Pub Landlord" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  39. "Rick Stein's Fish & Chips, Falmouth" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  40. "Rick Stein hails Winchester at restaurant launch" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  41. "Rick stein opens new restaurant in porthleven" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  42. "Rick Stein restaurant in Cornwall to close permanently" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  43. "Rick Stein Fistral now open" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  44. "Rick Stein's Sandbanks restaurant to open its doors in November" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  45. "Rick Stein Marlborough restaurant to open next month" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  46. "Rick Stein creates new dishes for first London restaurant" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  47. "Rick Stein team launches Stein's on the Quay: a new pop-up seafood restaurant in Padstow". restaurantindustry.co.uk. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  48. "New South Coast restaurant: Rick Stein at Bannisters" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  49. "Bannisters Port Stephens Opens September 2018" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  50. "Pointless Celebrities". BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  51. "Rick Stein's Cornwall – New BBC TV Series" . Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  52. "Rick Stein's Cornwall to return to BBC Two for a second series" . Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  53. "Rick Stein's French Odyssey" . Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  54. "Rick Stein" . Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  55. "View the full CatererSearch 100". The Caterer. 11 May 2005. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  56. "New faces on Sgt Pepper album cover for artist Peter Blake's 80th birthday". The Guardian. 27 March 2016.
  57. "Rick Stein and Jill Stein win a Catey Award" . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  58. "Rick Stein awarded CBE in New Year's Honours list 2018" . Retrieved 17 August 2020.