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Heathcotes Brasserie

Paul Heathcote
Heathcotes Brasserie

Heathcotes Brasserie

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23 Winckley Square
Preston
PR1 3JJ
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Paul Heathcote

Paul Heathcote was experimenting in the kitchen from an early age, augmenting the dinners his mum would leave for the family when she worked night shifts. He says this is when he fell in love with cooking and he would run home from school on those days, thrilled by the time in the kitchen that awaited him. A teenage boy growing up in 1970s Lancashire, his presence in domestic science classes at school raised a few eyebrows, but he says his athleticism (he was also in the football, swimming and cricket teams) meant he was left to his own devices.

He moved on to study catering at Bolton Technical College, then on to a series of uninspiring kitchen jobs, but he had no great drive until an inspired interjection by his father. He was taken to lunch at Sharrow Bay, a luxury country house hotel and restaurant in the Lake District – at the time, one of the best restaurants in the country, chosen by his father after research in the Good Food Guide. Here, Paul Heathcote saw a different side of the hospitality industry – and it was love at first sight. He told The Independent: “It was like knowing football from kicking a ball around in the park, and then seeing Liverpool play.” He badgered Francis Coulson, chef-patron of the restaurant, for two years until he gave him a job. Over his three years there he learnt much about British food, service and devotion to cooking and hospitality, educated by head chef Coulson and his partner Brian Sack who took care of front of house.

Paul Heathcote