Padstow restaurant Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 has earned the town’s first ever Michelin star, it was revealed yesterday.
The news came as something of a surprise to Ainsworth, as the Michelin website accidentally published details of the new restaurants included in the 2013 guide a week ahead of the official release.
After being alerted to the news by comments on Twitter, he telephoned Michelin who confirmed that the Padstow restaurant had indeed been awarded its first star.
He said: “I just couldn’t believe it, I didn’t know whether to celebrate or what to do, and then Twitter went crazy, every tweet was about Michelin. So I called Michelin and they confirmed that we had been awarded a star which was an amazing feeling.
“It’s something that I’ve always dreamt of as a kid; for every chef I’ve ever worked for, that was the point to prove you were cooking good food. There are lots of other lists and guides but Michelin has always been a super-special guide.”
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 brings Cornwall’s total of Michelin-starred establishments to three alongside the two-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in nearby Rock, and the Driftwood at Portscatho, where last year chef Chris Eden became the first Cornishman to hold the honour.