Top chefs to shine at Northcote Manor’s biggest annual Obsession food festival

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A galaxy of Michellin Stars have descended on Northcote Manor for a series of show-stopping dinners.

To celebrate the Ribble Valley restaurant and hotel’s 30th birthday, the 15th annual Obsession food festival has been bigger and better than ever.

Obsession: Northcote supremo Nigel Haworth, centre, with his brigade

Obsession: Northcote supremo Nigel Haworth, centre, with his brigade

Since it began on January 23, 18 chefs with 20 Stars have so far joined chef patron Nigel Haworth to take over the restaurant and Louis Roederer Rooms.

Before the 15-day consecutive gastronomic experience ends on February 7, there will be seven more, including TV star Ken Hom, who will fly the flag for Chinese cuisine, Japanese Tsuyoshi Murakami attending from Brazil, and Kolkata-native Gaggan Anand, India’s most celebrated chef, will join the event from Bangkok.

Nights are themed according to the country a chef is from, or in tomorrow night’s case, it’s a ‘Girl’s Night Out’ with chefs Margot Janse, Angela Hartnett, Lisa Allen.

Nigel said: “This year I decided it would be great to go global and get chefs from all over the world yet keep it regional. So each chef is cooking a dish using fantastic local ingredients from the North West.”

Kaye Mathew, sales and marketing director said: “It’s been truly amazing. Every night has been so diverse, great British food with French influences from the Galvins on Monday to start the festival, Martin Klein from the Hangar 7 concept in Austria, 12 stunning courses from Three Michelin Star chef Jacob Jan Boerma, and what a night with the Cerea brothers, food for the soul from Italy, again Thee Michelin Stars.

“Then we had curry night on Wednesday from the legend that is Vivek Singh.”

On Friday night, five chefs from Portugal, Matteo Ferrantino, Dieter Koschina, Vitor Matos, Jose Avillez and Miguel Laffan, with a total of seven Michelin stars cooked a course each for a Portugese night, but it only just came off after two were stuck in Lisbon until Thursday evening because of weather problems at Manchester Airport.

Kaye added: “Every night has been a complete sellout. It sells out the moment we release in October, everyone is waiting to hear the line up of chefs to pick their nights, some customers attend five, six, seven nights and we have one customer nearly coming to every night - that’s some going and someone who is dedicated to loving food.

“It’s a great event for local people - when do you get the opportunity to eat food from these restaurants? Guests also travel from all over the UK and stay for two or three nights.

“There is nothing like this food festival in the UK, there never has been and we are delighted to be able to stage this event every year here in Lancashire. We are putting our region on the world map as a top gastronomic destination.”