At 2pm on a rainy Saturday, Rick Stein walks quickly across the pale beechwood floor of his famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall. As he trots past the diners, many look at him with astonishment, mouths agape like startled goldfish. Celebrity Chef In His Own Restaurant Shock! An experience rather similar, perhaps, to buying a Duchy of Cornwall ginger biscuit and having Prince Charles himself wrap it up. Although it’s not as if Stein ever actually cooks here any more. At a catering industry dinner in London earlier this month, the Automobile Association gave him a lifetime achievement award. “I felt a bit of a fraud,” he says, cheerfully. “There were chefs like Rowley Leigh and Shaun Hill there. They are the same age as me, and they are still cooking while I am swanning around doing TV.”
A chippie in Weymouth was singled out by a celebrity chef who recommended people pay it a visit.