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Cornwall boasts some of Britain’s best restaurants and chefs and the cream of the culinary crop will be found on our chefs’ stage on both days of the festival. We already know Rick Stein’s Seafood School will be joining us as will Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.

We’re delighted this year to welcome back Michelin star winning chef Nathan Outlaw. Nathan’s newly-opened restaurant and grill at Rock has proved a massive hit with diners and his regular TV appearances (winner of this year’s South west final of the BBC’s Great British Menu) have brought him national attention.

This year, too, in just a few months he’s pushed the new restaurant to fifth position in the 2011 Good Food Guide awards.

Nathan Outlaw

Paul Ainsworth’s first signature restaurant, Number 6 in Padstow, has also proved a terrific success and a big hit with locals, visitors and the restaurant critics. He’ll be making a welcome return to the chefs’ stage; watch this space for news of this year’s demonstration.

Paul Ainsworth

Local chef Scott Roberts cooked up a storm with a whole pig’s head last year but he maybe looking for something a little smaller to pop in the pot this time. As a new dad he’s taken a keen interest in nursery food – could that be a clue!

Scott Roberts

Small, but perfectly formed and you can think yourself extremely lucky to get an evening table at Adrian Oliver’s restaurant, Margot’s. Over the years it’s become almost an institution in Padstow and such is the following that there’s a waiting list and would-be diners regularly tune in to Twitter in the hope of landing a last minute cancellation. Adrian’s appearances in past years have made him a firm favourite with festival goers and this year he’s planning to be even more adventurous when he takes to the chefs’ stage. You have been warned.

Adrian Oliver

Making his first appearance at the festival this year is Paul Harwood, who’s the head chef at Rick Stein’s St.Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow. Paul joined Rick and Jill Stein 11 years ago as demi chef at The Seafood Restaurant and has remained with the business ever since. His career career began in 1985 when he began work in Essex as a commis chef at the Chariot Brasserie, before developing his culinary skills at a handful of London based restaurants, including Seafresh in Victoria. In 1988, Paul moved to the south west and joined Hotel Palma Nova in Newquay as head chef. He then went on to spend a year in the French resort of Meribel, expanding his experience and knowledge as chef de cuisinier, before returning to Cornwall once more as head chef at the respected Glendorgal Hotel in Porth. Paul joined the Rick Stein organisation under head chef Paul Ripley (now at the St. Kew inn). After spending time at many of the Rick Stein restaurants he returned to St Petroc’s, where he remains as head chef.

Paul Harwood

Andy Appleton is another chef who knows a thing or two about passing on his skills to others. As a senior chef at Fifteen Cornwall he’s been doing just that for the past three years. Originally a Senior Sous Chef at Fifteen London, Andy was part of the team that launched the world-renowned restaurant with Jamie Oliver. He then took over as Head Chef at the Italian style Tabernacle Bar and Grill before returning to Watergate Bay. He knows and understands the Fifteen Cornwall ethos, which is about exceptional food and nurturing talent amongst young people who haven’t always had the best start in life. He’ll be bringing two of the new trainee intake from Watergate Bay with him and they will be assisting during the demonstration.

Andy Appleton

Where are all the female chefs? Not an easy question to answer, but what we can say is that one of the very best in Cornwall can be found at her own restaurant and also on our chefs’ stage for the first day of the festival. Emily Scott has built an enviable reputation for innovative French-influenced cooking at her intimate, stylish restaurant, The Harbour in Port Isaac.

Emily trained with Prue Leith at the Tante Marie Cookery School and worked for three years in restaurants in Burgundy, bringing back to Cornwall the continental influences she uses together with fresh local produce to inspire her menus. She lives just outside Port Isaac and has three children, Oscar, Finbar and Evie. This is her debut at the festival and we certainly hope it will not be her last appearance.

Emily Scott

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