AKA: The king of seafood
Occupation: Chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and author
Best known for: His passion for cooking with fresh, sustainable seafood
Usually found: In the Cornish fishing town of Padstow, where he owns four restaurants, a delicatessen, a patisserie, a seafood cookery school and forty guest bedrooms!
Fun fact: Finding himself at a loose end after graduating from university, Rick converted a mobile disco, which he had run as a student, into a quayside nightclub with his friend, Johnny. It was 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.
Rick is a well-loved and respected chef, TV presenter and author who has produced an array of award-winning books and television series, including Rick Stein's India, Seafood, Seafood Lover's Guide, Taste of the Sea, Food Heroes, French Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes, Coast to Coast and Far Eastern Odyssey. All of his books and programmes show a commitment to good-quality produce, sustainable fishing and good husbandry.
In 2003, Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country Tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, which he regards as his second home.