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Nathan Outlaw

In addition to this eponymous flagship – which resettled in the picturesque village of Port Isaac in 2015 – Nathan runs two other Cornish restaurants: Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac and The Mariners Rock (a public house). He consults for his London restaurant Outlaw’s at the Capital, leaving much of the running of the place in the hands of his culinary protégé Pete Biggs. He also has a restaurant in Dubai (Nathan Outlaw at Al Maraha), and the chef has appeared on Great British Menu and is a popular face on Saturday Kitchen.

Nathan clearly has a real passion for seafood, yet the decision to focus on it entirely was also something of a geographical one. He strongly believes that chefs should 'play to the strengths of their area' when it comes to ingredients and, with boatfuls of glorious fish being brought in every day by Cornish fishermen, there is no shortage of inspiration.

Where possible Nathan will source his fish directly from these fishermen, with other produce purchased from local markets and farms. He is guided by what’s in season – 'I let the markets tell me what’s available and I cook it' – and passionate about sustainability, aware of the impact inconsiderate methods of fishing can have on the marine environment.

Signature dishes include the likes of turbot with tartar sauce and crispy Porthilly oysters, with ice cream flavoured with local Tregothnan Earl Grey acting as a gloriously smoky sweet. Diners at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw can expect to find a set menu – be it a fixed lunch or extensive tasting menu – with British seafood and desserts being the sole focus, while visitors to the more relaxed Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen are encouraged to order a number of smaller fish tapas plates to share.

Nathan has published three cookbooks of his own, Nathan Outlaw’s British Seafood (2012), Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (2014) and Nathan Outlaw's Everyday Seafood (2016). The former, a comprehensive guide to cooking, sourcing and eating British seafood, is a fitting paean to that which has made Nathan the well-loved chef he is today.

In addition to teaching home cooks his seafood secrets he has strong links with Cornwall College’s catering department, with Academy Nathan Outlaw training future chefs with the requisite skills to make the most of the glorious bounty their region has to offer.

Three things you need to know

Nathan is a self-confessed cookbook fanatic – he estimates there are between 300 to 400 of them on his bookshelves.

The sticky toffee pudding that sometimes features on his menus isn't his, but his daughter Jessica's, who won the Amateur Sticky Toffee Pudding Championship in Padstow with it.

His prized possession is his oyster knife – over a decade old and still the best he has ever found.

Nathan Outlaw