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Stephane Delourme of ‘Stephane Delourme’s Gastronomic Adventure’ is a chef who says food, wine, people and culture take us all on a magnificent journey together. 

The 54-year-old Frenchman loves bringing his cooking closer to people in the form of pop ups, team takeovers, sustainable consultancy, private dining and international food tours.

The father of three travels the length and breadth of the UK, Ireland and internationally to cook with some of the finest chefs in the world, seafood is his ultimate passion and in October he returned from a food and drink tour in France during the Rugby World Cup 2023.

Stephane has spent the last 25 years of his career working as the Head Chef of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, and, in the latter years, he was Group Chef at the Rick Stein Group. Working closely with Rick Stein, Stephane has travelled to many exclusive destinations with the most recent trip being to Holmen Lofoten Kitchen, a seasonal restaurant which was set up on the edge of the world set above the Arctic Circle. Since setting up his own adventure, Stephane has been doing pop ups, chef residencies and sustainable consultancy work in many locations. He spent much of December 2023 working for Rick Stein at his Bannister’s Restaurant in Australia and he will be returning there again in June. In March 2023, he completed the first leg of The Celtic Connection Tour in Ireland where he met some of the country’s finest food and drink producers and did a cooking demo in front of a theatre of 220 people.

Stephane, who hails from Brittany, and who has been inspired throughout his career by chefs such as Anthony Bourdain, Nieves Barragan, Gary Rhodes, Michel and Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc, Rick Stein, Martin Webb, Joël Robuchon, Gabriel Biscay and Auguste Escoffier, says it’s his job as a chef to make people feel special, to care for people and by giving people a big hug and putting smiles on their faces through his culinary creations. 

 

His childhood was spent between Bretagne and Paris. Even as a boy he loved ingredients, cooking and people, and it was his uncle who was his big inspiration. 

When Stephane was 16 years old, he began an apprenticeship at the two Michelin starred Sully D’Auteuil before moving on to Le Vieux Berlin. From here, his culinary journey took him to London in 1989. He worked at London’s Roof Restaurant at the Hilton on Park Lane. During his time in London, he was very honoured to open some of the city’s most distinguished eateries and was truly humbled to be working alongside superb chefs such as Michael Croft at Mirabelle and Martin Webb at Quaglino’s.

After a stint back in France in the popular Parisienne restaurant Prunier, he worked on the famous QE2 and also in Dublin with the brilliant Patrick Guilbaud in his two Michelin starred restaurants.

But, it was Cornwall which won his heart. He settled with his family in beautiful Kernow working with the Stein family which he says was a such a remarkable time of his life. 

In the summer of 2023, Stephane stepped out of the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow to embark on his own life changing gastronomic journey by further challenging his creativity, taking him to new places and revisiting old favourites while bringing his cooking closer to people, using world class ingredients, produced by the most wonderful people.

Porthleven 26-28 April 2024

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