“To this Day I Enjoy the Business Side as Much as the Cooking”
Believe it or not Paul Ainsworth didn’t always want to be a
chef. Born in Southampton, his parents ran a Guest House and he spent most his
childhood working hard and helping out there.
“I just wanted to work and earn money. I loved the idea of
completing a task and to this day I enjoy the business side as much as the
When he left school, Paul studied Catering and Hospitality at Southampton City College and it was here he jumped at the opportunity of working with Gary Rhodes at Rhodes in the Square.
He spent two years there and then three with Gordon Ramsay at the Royal Hospital. The two very different cooking styles brought out Paul’s passion for food and flavour. In 2003, Paul worked with Mark Wareing at Petrus, later following him to The Berkeley.
Moving to Cornwall…
After years of living and working in the capital, in 2006 Paul met Derek Mapp and together they opened No.6 at Padstow. He took sole occupancy in 2009.
“The secret to Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 is the seasonal, local ingredients used to create plates of theatrical, well thought-out food. We have exceptional suppliers right here on our doorstep. We love sharing their passion and transforming these amazing products into great tasting food that is really personal – literally Cornwall on a plate.’
In 2010, Paul teamed with Derek again to take on a new venture – Rojanos, an Italian style restaurant just off Padstow Harbour. “I have a passion for Italian food, so it was very exciting for me to be able to create new menus.”
Many Successful Years
In 2011, Paul appeared on BBC2 TV series, Great British Menu, where he represented the South West.
Paul Ainsworth at No.6 restaurant has had many successful years. In 2012, it made the Good Food Guide list of top 50 restaurants in the country and was also voted number 36 in the Top 100 Restaurant Awards. The same year, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin Star and has retained it ever since.
More recently, No.6 ranked 18 in the 2015 Top 100 Restaurant Awards. It goes to show, hard work and dedication pays off.
It seems there’s no stopping Paul and his team, we know there are many more amazing years to come and a few surprises along the way too...
Why not take a look at the latest menu's at Rojanos and No 6. Want to cook like Paul? Give his famous recipes a try or browse and shop his must-have kit in Paul's store.
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