Rick Stein to celebrate Cornish culture and food in new show

Rick Stein will celebrate the culture, food and history of Cornwall in a new series for BBC Two.

The 15-part programme, Rick Stein’s Cornwall, reveals the county he knows and loves away from the tourist trail.

The celebrity chef, who owns a number of restaurants in the region, will explore the history and heritage of the area and how the land and sea has shaped the county’s larder.

He will cook a simple dish inspired by his trips in each episode.

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Stein said: “Crossing the Tamar for our holidays to Cornwall from Devon was like going into another country and in the car on our way to Padstow we were driving through an enchanted land, capped for my sister and me by seeing the sea at Trevose Head for the first time.

“Now, after so many years of living here, it still does feel different.

“I want to try to explain that difference, to tell you what Cornwall means to me.”

Carla-Maria Lawson, head of daytime and early peak commissioning at the BBC, said: “Wherever in the world Rick takes us on his cultural and culinary explorations is a revelation and this time we’re delighted he’s roaming closer to home to give BBC Two viewers a taste of the real Cornwall.

“Although he made Cornwall his home decades ago, he’s in for a few surprises along the way and viewers can also expect their senses to be piqued as he dives into the county’s rich food heritage.”