Born in Southampton, Paul’s love of hospitality came from growing up in his Mum and Dad’s Guest house. His career really began when he moved to London at just 18. He gained tremendous experience working for Gary Rhodes at ‘Rhodes in the Square’, Gordon Ramsay at the 3 Michelin star restaurant on Royal Hospital Road and Marcus Wareing at Petrus in the Berkeley hotel. He then went on to establish two successful restaurants and accommodation in Cornwall – Michelin starred Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Italian influenced Rojano’s in the Square and 6 boutique bedrooms at Padstow Townhouse.
In 2011, Paul appeared on the BBC2 TV series Great British Menu. Competing against some of the nation’s top chefs, Paul represented the South West with his dessert ‘A trip to the fairground’ which won the finals and made it through to the prestigious banquet table.
Paul’s unique cooking was recognised with a Michelin Star, awarded in October 2012 and a 4th AA rosette in September 2016.
Paul and his team work closely with local farmers, fishermen and artisan suppliers to create the dishes at ‘Paul Ainsworth at Number 6’ and ‘Rojano’s in the Square.’
In 2014 Paul and his wife Emma took on their biggest project yet by converting an 18th century townhouse hotel into 6 individually designed suites. The ‘Padstow Townhouse’ opened in December 2015 and now completes Paul’s Padstow experience. The beautiful Townhouse offers spacious suites with luxury bathrooms, kitchen pantry/honesty bar and in room spa treatments. It has since been awarded 5 star AA Gold.
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.