OBE (born 4 January 1947) is an English chef, restaurateur and television presenter. He is currently the head chef and co-owner of "Rick Stein at Bannisters" at Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia, owns four restaurants in Padstow, a fish and chip shop in Falmouth, Cornwall and has written or presented a number cookery books and television programmes.
Stein opened his first business in Padstow in 1974, and now
specialises in fish cookery. His business operates four restaurants, a
bistro, a cafe, a seafood delicatessen, patisserie shop, a gift shop and a cookery school.His impact on the local economy of Padstow is such that it has been
nicknamed "Padstein" despite the phrase being openly disputed by Rick
In 2009 Stein made his first acquisition in the nearby trading village of St Merryn, which is 3.5 miles from Padstow. When taking over the Cornish Arms public house, which is located on the outskirts of St Merryn, Stein's stated aim was to 'keep it a traditional Cornish pub'.
On 1 October 2009, Stein opened with his fiancee publicist Sarah
Burns, "Rick Stein at Bannisters" in Mollymook, on the South Coast of
New South Wales, Australia. Rick 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. Bannisters was the relaxed seaside hotel that I was looking for,
so when they asked me if I’d be interested in cooking there I jumped at
Keith Floyd's 1984 series Floyd On Fish
as a guest chef, he was noticed by the show's producer and was later
offered the chance to present his own series – similar in vein to the
"travelogue" style of cookery show pioneered by Floyd – on BBC
television including Rick Stein's Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, Seafood Odyssey, Fresh Food, Seafood Lovers' Guide, Food Heroes, and in 2005 French Odyssey about a memorable journey down the canals of South Western France to the Mediterranean, Mediterranean Escapes.
This starts where French Odyssey left off, and explores the
Mediterranean coastline and islands in search of the best in the
region's foods. Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey, travelling
around Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. His current
television programme is about the cooking of Spain off the beaten track. Stein was often accompanied by his Jack Russell terrier, Chalky, who died in January 2007.
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 list for services to tourism in Cornwall.