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Obsession 2009

For the ninth year in succession Northcote is running its legendary weeklong gastronomic extravaganza in January/February 2009, with some of the UK’s greatest chefs each cooking a special “one night only” menu. John Radford talked to them.

Like many ideas, this one came from California. Nigel Haworth was having dinner with Ian Harkness, the chairman of Shire Inns, who had just come back from a food festival at the Highlands Inn in Carmel which had been a great success. Nigel decided to go and see for himself, and during his week there met Tony Baker, the English-born chef of the Montrio Bistro in Monterrey, who was taking part, and Nigel was inspired: the event broke down barriers between chefs, got them to know each other and displayed different styles and techniques of cookery.

‘Why don’t we do this?’ Was his next thought, and that’s how “Obsession” was born.

Monday 26th Jan

Daniel Clifford

Midsummer House
Evening's Sponsors:

Tuesday 27th Jan

Shaun Rankin

Bohemia Bar and Restaurant
Evening's Sponsors:

Wednesday 28th Jan


Purnell’s 55
Evening's Sponsors:

Thursday 29th Jan

Phil Howard
& Brett Graham

Philip, The Square
Brett, The Ledbury
Evening's Sponsors:

Friday 30th Jan

Atul Kochhar

Benares Restaurant and Bar
Evening's Sponsors:

Saturday 31st Jan

Jason Atherton

Evening's Sponsors:

Sunday 1st February

Nigel Haworth & Paul Heathcote

Nigel, Northcote
Paul, The Longridge


We would like to say a very special thank you to Villeroy & Boch, Eblex and the Mall Blackburn for their sponsorship and their outstanding support.

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