Never a great one for studying, at school, Rick Stein was not what you could call an academic. He had a fine art for procrastination when it came to work, which resulted in an E for his English and History A-Levels after attending a cram school.
But what he lacked in scholarly achievement, he more than made up for in hospitality. After leaving school, he took up apprenticeship at various hotels, working as a chef. The suicide of his father prompted him to move out to Australia, but he moved back in 1965 to set up a nightclub, where he ran a restaurant. Although the club itself closed down, the restaurant continued to thrive, and is now part of a business that includes three other restaurants, a bistro, a cafe, a seafood delicatessen, patisserie shop, gift shop, and a cookery school.
You can get a taste of his fine cuisine and learn some cookery skills by joining Rick Stein at the London Palladium on the 9th December where, for one night only, he will give a live cooking demonstration that incorporates his love of food and travel.
Stein will take you on a culinary journey, sharing stories and film footage about his travels, such as his trip to India, where he went in search of the perfect curry. Stein will also hand out tips and show you how to make his favourite Christmas recipes. Standard tickets are between £35-£65, but you can also book VIP tickets that will include a goody bag, reception, and a chance to meet Rick in person.