Michelin Star Chef joins Rick Stein's Seafood Bar

31 January — 31 December 2011

Today Paul Ripley is joining Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar in Falmouth as their new head chef.

Twenty years ago Paul Ripley left London to work in Cornwall for Rick and Jill Stein as head chef at their flagship Seafood Restaurant. After 11 years in Padstow, Paul left The Seafood Restaurant and opened his own restaurant, Ripley's in St Merryn, where he achieved a Michelin star.

Paul then became chef and landlord of the St Kew Inn in 2008, a St Austell Brewery pub in Wadebridge, where he further built up his reputation for superb food using fresh, high quality, local ingredients, and has now returned to work for Rick and Jill Stein, as head chef at their Seafood Bar in Falmouth.

Paul says: "I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Rick and Jill Stein again. The Seafood Bar in Falmouth is such an exciting opportunity. I want to try and encourage people to come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and, of course, tasty food. There is no set 3-course menu but we'd like to do is tempt people to try a variety of small dishes and sharing plates. For the new menu I've selected some of my favourite fish and shellfish dishes spanning all of Rick's books and also put a few of my own on there too.

Rick Stein comments: "I'm really happy to have Paul back. There's nothing he doesn't know about cooking seafood. It'll be a joy to have him cooking and chatting to customers as he does."

The new menu includes dishes such as potted shrimps with brown toast and lemon (£5.60), salt and pepper prawns with garlic and chilli (£5.60), Cornish fish stew (£10.50) and mackerel escabeche (£5.60). There's also a selection of oysters available including Fal native and Fowey Pacific and a selection of dishes from the josper charcoal oven which gives a delicious barbeque flavour.

Paul adds: "I'm looking forward to helping to add to Falmouth's growing reputation as a culinary destination. There's such an abundance of high quality local ingredients down here - I'm really looking forward to building relationships with new local suppliers and growers on Cornwall's south coast."

Paul will be hosting a series of demonstration evenings at The Seafood Bar, starting on Tuesday 15th February 2011. Each informal evening begins at 6pm with a glass of wine on arrival, then sit back and relax as Paul demonstrates two dishes while sharing tips and techniques and talking you through what's in season. Stein's Deli in Falmouth with also be open until 8.30pm on each of these evenings and there will be 10% discount available throughout the evening upon presentation of your ticket. Tickets £10. Spaces are limited, book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place at the demonstration evening please call 01841 533 466.

The Seafood Bar, Discovery Quay, Falmouth
Opening hours
12pm - 2.30pm
5pm - 9pm
(Closed Sunday all day and Monday lunchtime)

To make a dinner reservation at the Seafood Bar please call 01841 532 700. Bookings can be made up to 2 months in advance.

For more information visit www.rickstein.com or follow @chefpaulripley @Rick_Stein @TheSeafood on Twitter.

Photography by David Griffen