Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Fish and Tips from Rick Stein

Magazine article Financial Management (UK)

Fish and Tips from Rick Stein

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The silly season is almost here, so ignore tangible fixed assets and month-ends and start thinking diets, fake tan and mosquito repellent. But if you want more out of a holiday than cheap beer and a lobster tan, then head for somewhere closer to home. British seaside resorts might seem a bit last century, but forget Butlins and Punch and Judy and think good food, fine wine and Rick Stein.

Padstow, near Tintagel on Cornwall's north coast, is home to the seafood guru who has opened three eateries, a hotel, shop and seafood school. You'd have to be fairly extravagant (or to have indulged in a little pre-holiday embezzling) to drive to Cornwall just to check out his restaurant. But if you plan to spend a few days in the seafood school, you'll be able to come home and create the same ideas in your own kitchen.

Groups of around a dozen are taught by experienced chefs such as Mark Devonshire, who used to be head chef at Rick Stein's Bistro. (Rick Stein himself is off conjuring up new recipes and starring in TV shows, although he has been known to make an appearance during the day and he signs the certificate you receive at the end of the course).

You don't need to be an accomplished cook, the chefs show you how to do everything from filleting a mackerel to chopping garlic expertly. But you do need a love of good food and a healthy appetite (try starving yourself for a few days beforehand). And even if you are a dab hand in the kitchen, you're bound to pick up a few tips. …

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