Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth is a Southampton born, London trained, Cornwall based chef that is challenging Rick Stein's dominion over Padstow


Birthday: 21 May 1979

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Paul Ainsworth was born the son of guesthouse owners, in Southampton. He speaks of his childhood as one of labour, having four paper rounds at the age of 12, working five nights at a fruit and vegetable merchants, alongside collecting orders for the Betterware catalogue, and somehow doing a bit of schoolwork. The result of a childhood filled with work is an adult life filled with work. Ainsworth appears to be incapable of having a quiet day, the swiftness of his rise into owning several restaurants and guesthouses, organising events and festivals, amongst many achievements is truly astounding. It can only be the result of a restless creative mind and boundless energy and enthusiasm.

Plucked by Gary Rhodes in 1998 from Southampton City College while studying catering – alongside working in Star Hotel and Carey Manor in Hampshire – Ainsworth credits Rhodes with a lot of his early inspiration. After two years, he moved to work under Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road for three years, before beginning his working relationship with Marcus Wareing at Ramsay’s Petrus restaurant in 2003. Petrus moved sites in 2006, at which time Ainsworth decided to follow Wareing to the new Berkeley Hotel. Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, and Marcus Wareing are three names any aspiring top chef would love to have on their CV.

After these eight years developing his skills as a chef in London, Ainsworth made the leap and moved to Padstow to work as the head chef at No.6 – Cornwall, as it was known at the time. His friend and business partner, Derek Mapp funded the project, but after three years Ainsworth and his wife, Emma, bought the restaurant from him. They then renamed the venue to Paul Ainsworth at No.6. It was here, in 2013, that Ainsworth was awarded his first Michelin star and fourth AA rosette in 2016. A chef’s table, called Mahe, was opened next door to No.6 to share the cooking process.

Paul Ainsworth at No.6 is the showpiece restaurant, but in 2010 Paul and Emma Ainsworth expanded their portfolio by purchasing Rojano’s, Padstow, and then renaming it Caffe Rojano by Paul Ainsworth. The restaurant serves mainly Spanish and Italian food. In 2014, the Padstow Townhouse opened, which (including Mahe, which opened later) completes Ainsworth’s Padstow collection. The Mariners Public House in Rock was purchased in 2019, which Emma Ainsworth redesigned.

Ainsworth focuses on quality ingredients across all his establishments, believing that the relationship between himself and his suppliers is what permitted his success. Despite his current base in Cornwall, there is no particular focus on seafood, insisting the sea’s positive influence on Cornish land creates enough of a reason to hold Cornish meat and vegetables in the same regard.

Paul Ainsworth's Restaurants

The Mariners Public House

Owner

2019 - 2021

Mahe

Head Chef

2019 - 2021

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

Head Chef and Owner

2013 - 2021

Caffè Rojano

Owner

2010 - 2021
"'You never want to be the old fart waffling on about how it was in your day when you did 18-hour shifts…’"
"‘I don’t know if this will make a change, but at least I am trying to have a crack’"

Paul Ainsworth's Books

Paul Ainsworth has released one cookbook

The Padstow Cookbook
The Padstow Cookbook
Published 2012

FAQs

How much is Paul Ainsworth worth?
Paul Ainsworth is worth a reported £4 million

Who is Paul Ainsworth's wife?
Paul Ainsworth is married to Emma Ainsworth. Emma was entrusted with the design features for new properties

How old is Paul Ainsworth?
Paul Ainsworth was born on 21 May 1979, making him 42 as of 2021

Paul Ainsworth's TV Shows

Paul Ainsworth has appeared on multiple TV shows, predominantly as a guest chef, sharing recipes. He has also been successful on Great British Menu.

Simply Raymond Blanc
2021 - 2021

Simply Raymond Blanc

Sunday Brunch
2019 - 2021

Sunday Brunch

The Best Christmas Food Ever
2018 -

The Best Christmas Food Ever

Saturday Morning with James Martin
2017 - 2019

Saturday Morning with James Martin

Royal Recipes
2017 - 2018

Royal Recipes

Yes Chef
2016 - 2017

Yes Chef

Saturday Kitchen
2014 - 2020

Saturday Kitchen

Country House
2013 - 2013

Country House

The Great British Menu
2012 - 2021

The Great British Menu