Michelin-starred restaurateurs Paul and Emma Ainsworth and their head chef John Walton have announced plans to open a cookery school and chef’s table called Mahé.
Named after the Seychelles island where Paul’s parents met, Mahé is set to launch in May 2019 in a site adjoining Paul Ainsworth at No.6.
The school and chef’s table will aim to reflect an ethos of ‘beginnings’ through its family ties to the island as well the fundamentals of cooking, while showcasing Cornwall produce.
Mahé will operate as a cookery school during the day with Walton teaching up to six people how to produce their own dishes to take home. The course will also include breakfast, a behind-the-scenes tour, lunch in the restaurant’s private dining room and a goody bag.
In the evening, up to 10 diners will be served a bespoke menu as part of a chef’s table experience. Guests will also be able to request a personalised music playlist to accompany their meal.
Commenting on the announcement, Paul said: “It has been John, Emma and my dream to open our own cookery school for some time now, and we are incredibly proud to finally be able to talk about Mahé.
“We thought long and hard about a name that would suit its origins. Quite rightly, Emma said it should resonate with beginnings, and my parents meeting on an island in the Indian Ocean was the very start of their journey. Our guests at Mahé will witness the creation of dishes from the very start to finish by long-time colleague and friend, John Walton. The three of us are so excited to welcome our first students in May.”
The cookery school will operate from Thursday to Saturday, with the chef’s table available to book Wednesday to Saturday.
The interiors are being led by designer Eve Cullen-Cornes and Emma Ainsworth to create an intimate space featuring carefully selected antiques and custom-made furnishings.