Obsession 2020: 24 Star-Studded Chefs Announced

Join 24 of the globe’s most impressive chefs for the return of Northcote’s renowned Obsession event

Ready to unleash your inner Obsession?  Taking place from Friday 24th January to Sunday 9th February, world-renowned culinary festival Obsession is returning to Northcote in Lancashire for its impressive 20th anniversary. 

A total gourmet extravaganza, 2020’s event will see 24 world-class chefs with 24 Michelin stars between them attend the culinary action, with a line up set to feature the likes of legends Rick Stein, Brian Turner, James Martin, Ken Hom and many more. 


This year, several chefs will cook in pairs or trios – seeing combinations of chefs cook together on a one-off, unmissable basis.

As well as the best of British, a number of chefs from further afield are set to take to the culinary stage. Northcote will be hosting Jacob Jan Boerma of 3-Michelin-starred Restaurant De Leest in Vassen, The Netherlands on Sunday 2nd February, as well as two of Portugal’s most successful chefs: Dieter Koschina (Vila Joya, The Algarve) and Hans Neuner (Vila Vita, Porches) on Sunday 26th January. 

The full exciting line up is as follows: 

1 Friday 24th January
Lisa Goodwin-Allen: Northcote, Langho, Lancashire (1*) 

2 Saturday 25th January
Gareth Ward: Ynyshir, Wales Uk (2*) 
Tom Brown: Cornerstone, Hackney, London 
Kirk Haworth: Plates, London 

3 Sunday 26th January
Dieter Koschina: Vila Joya, The Algarve Portugal (2*) 
Hans Neuner: Vila Vita, Porches Portugal (2*) 

4 Monday 27th January
Sat Bains: Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (2*) 
Paul Cunningham: Henne Kirkeby Kro, Henne Denmark (2*)

5 Tuesday 28th January
Richard Corrigan: Corrigan’s Mayfair, London (1*) 

6 Wednesday 29th January
Phil Howard: Elystan Street, London (1*) 
Ben Marks: Perilla, London Uk 

7 Thursday 30th January
Angela Hartnett: Murano, Mayfair, London (1*) 
Neil Borthwick: The French House, Soho, London 

8 Friday 3st January
Prateek Sadhu: Masque, Mumbai India

9 Saturday 1st February
Monica Galetti: Mere, London 

10 Sunday 2nd February
Jacob Jan Boerma: Restaurant De Leest, Vaassen Netherlands (3*) 

11 Monday 3rd February
James Knappett: Kitchen Table, London UK (2*) 

12 Tuesday 4th February
Claude Bosi: Bibendum, London Uk (2*) 

13 Wednesday 5th February
Rick Stein: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall UK 
Brian Turner: Consultant & Tv Celebrity Chef, London UK 
Nigel Haworth: Northcote Obsession Chef Ambassador UK 

14 Thursday 6th February
Stephen Mclaughlin: Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Scotland (2*) – tribute to  Andrew Fairlie 

15 Friday 7th February
Ken Hom: Mee, Copa Cabana Palace, Rio De Janeiro Brazil (1*)

16 Saturday 8th February
James Martin: Celebrity Chef & Tv Presenter Uk 

17 Sunday 9th February
Nigel Haworth: Northcote Obsession Chef Ambassador UK

First conjured by Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft in 2001, Obsession began and continues to be a celebration of the best of the culinary world.

An unmissable opportunity for any gourmand, chefs range to the UK’s best-loved household names and ground-breaking newcomers to some of the world’s best chefs from overseas.

Since its launch, the festival has grown from year to year to become one of the most well-loved and respected food festivals, with an entirely unique format. 

Make it happen
When: Friday 24th January to Sunday 9th February 2020
Wallet: From £150 per person including Louis Roederer Champagne and canape reception, five-course menu and coffee and petit fours. A specially paired wine flight can be added with prices starting from £50 per person
How: The Obsession 2020 ticket hotline opens on Sunday 13th October at 9.00am. Please phone 0333 999 7762 to book. 

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