Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote collects MBE from Queen today

17 November 2009 by
Celebrity chef Paul Heathcote collects MBE from Queen today

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Paul Heathcote is to receive an MBE from the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace held today.

The Bolton-born chef was recognised earlier this year in the Queen's birthday honours list for his services to the hospitality industry.

Commenting on his MBE, Heathcote said: "It is an honour to be recognised in this manner for doing something I really love.

"It hasn't been an easy year for anyone in the hospitality industry but this award isn't just for me, it is for the hundreds of hard-working people who have and who continue to support me on a daily basis.

"From the beginning we set very high standards and the whole team has worked incredibly hard to maintain this."

Since opening his first restaurant, The Longridge, in Longridge near Preston, in 1989 when he was 29, Heathcote has become a regular face on TV cooking shows and published two books.

He was nominated Chef of the Year in the 1994 Egon Ronay Guide and he received his second Catey Award in 1997 for Independent Restaurateur of the Year.

Heathcote also participates in the Adopt a School scheme and is the chair of the National Young Chef Young Waiter competition.

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By Janie Stamford

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