Obsessed Northcote was ‘epicentre of world gastronomy’

Nigel Hawarth in the kitchen
Nigel Hawarth in the kitchen
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No less than 25 guest chefs with a combined total of 27 Michelin stars passed through the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant and country-house hotel Northcote when it hosted the Obsession 15 event.

The highly-anticipated anniversary edition of Northcote’s annual gourmet extravaganza surpassed all expectations and proved a huge success, with the Ribble Valley venue described as the “epicentre of world gastronomy” for the duration of the 15-day event.

Northcote’s Managing Director and Chef Patron Nigel Haworth, Managing Director and Director of Wines Craig Bancroft, and Head Chef Lisa Allen, along with the rest of the award-winning restaurant team, worked tirelessly across the 15 days to serve showstopping dinners to no less than 1,500 guests in the restaurant and in the Louis Roederer Private Dining Rooms.

Nigel said: “This year’s Obsession was a real team event and goes to show that if you really work hard at something, anything is possible! Just look at all the star chefs we have welcomed this year from each corner of the world – it has been quite a mind-blowing experience for us all.”

Chefs to have joined Nigel in the kitchen during Obsession 15 included the best of British such as Shaun Rankin, Kenny Atkinson, Glynn Purnell, Angela Hartnett, Ken Hom OBE and the Galvin brothers, as well as a raft of international talent such as three-starred chefs Klaus Erfort, Jacob Jan Boerma and Enrico and Roberto Cerea.

Nigel added: “One of our proudest achievements this year has been the experience of working with all of these chefs and their wildly varying cuisines – it has been like a university for our chefs with a conveyor belt of talent passing through! I believe the visiting chefs have left sharing the incredible spirit of the place and the fantastic hospitality of the Northcote team. I am very proud and thankful to them all.”

Obsession 15 also raised a total of £40,000 for this year’s chosen charities – Springboard, Prince’s Trust and Hospitality Action – through a series of silent auctions that offered exclusive, one-of-a-kind prizes.

Northcote chef patron Nigel Haworth in the kitchen.