Padstow’s Paul Ainsworth on Great British Menu


PADSTOW’S Paul Ainsworth will face his toughest challenge yet against two of the South West’s leading chefs in the BBC Two series Great British Menu.

Paul will pit his culinary skills against fellow Cornish-based chef Nathan Outlaw and Torquay’s Simon Hulstone in the West Country heats, which will be shown every weekday starting on Monday at 7.30pm.​Padstow chef on Great British menu

This year’s challenge is to create a groundbreaking menu fit for Olympic heroes; celebrating the London 2012 Olympics and demonstrating the extraordinary Olympian heights the talented chefs can reach.

Having won the South West heat last year and making it through to The People’s Banquet with his dessert A Taste Of The Fairground, the pressure is on this year for Paul to create a menu fit for champions.

The chef, who owns Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 as well as Italian restaurant Rojano’s in the Square, said: “I found this year’s competition extremely tough, there was a lot more pressure being a champion from last year.

“It was a really good brief and a brilliant thing to be a part of. You had to make ground-breaking dishes with amazing touches and flavour, so it was really pushing all the chefs out of their comfort zones.”