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Obsession 2020: the 20th anniversary of Northcote’s gastronomic festival

From Friday 24th January to Sunday 9th February, world-renowned culinary festival Obsession will return to Northcote for its 20th anniversary, bringing 24 world-class chefs under one roof including legends of the restaurant industry Rick Stein, Brian Turner, James Martin and Ken Hom.

Firmly established as one of the highlights of the British culinary calendar, no other food festival in the UK can claim to gather so many iconic, high-profile chefs from around the globe. For the 20th anniversary, the line-up is bigger and better than ever.

This year, several chefs will cook in pairs or trios, seeing combinations of chefs cook together on a one-off, unmissable basis. On Saturday 25th January, three young stars of the scene come together: Gareth Ward (Ynyshir), Tom Brown (Cornerstone), and Kirk Haworth (Plates) will create a menu together, before iconic two-Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains is joined on Monday 27th January by Paul Cunningham, Head Chef of Henne Kirkeby Kro in rural Denmark, also with two Michelin stars to his name.

A total of 21 Michelin stars held by 14 chefs will light up the festival this year including Jacob Jan Boerma of De Leest in Vaassen (three stars), Claude Bosi of Bibendum in London (two stars) and James Knappet of kitchen Table in London (two stars). Obsession 20 will pay tribute to the late Andrew Fairlie, a much-missed friend of the festival  who sadly passed away in 2019, with a night in his honour when head chef of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Stephen McLaughlin, who worked with Andrew for 17 years, will be in the kitchen.

Northcote is also delighted to host 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 line up is as follows:


Friday 24th January

LISA GOODWIN-ALLEN Northcote, Langho, Lancashire (1*)

Saturday 25th January

GARETH WARD Ynyshir, Wales UK (1*)

TOM BROWN Cornerstone, Hackney, London

KIRK HAWORTH Plates, London

Sunday 26th January

DIETER KOSCHINA Vila Joya, The Algarve PORTUGAL (2*)

HANS NEUNER Vila Vita, Porches PORTUGAL (2*)

Monday 27th January

SAT BAINS Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham (2*)

PAUL CUNNINGHAM Henne Kirkeby Kro, Henne DENMARK (2*)

Tuesday 28th January

RICHARD CORRIGAN Corrigan’s Mayfair, London

Wednesday 29th January

PHIL HOWARD Elystan Street, London (1*)

BEN MARKS Perilla, London UK

Thursday 30th January

ANGELA HARTNETT Murano, Mayfair, London (1*)

NEIL BORTHWICK The French House, Soho, London

Friday 31st January


Saturday 1st February


Sunday 2nd February

JACOB JAN BOERMA Restaurant De Leest, Vaassen NETHERLANDS (3*)

Monday 3rd February

JAMES KNAPPETT Kitchen Table, London UK (2*)

Tuesday 4th February

CLAUDE BOSI Bibendum, London UK (2*)

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

Thursday 6th February

STEPHEN MCLAUGHLIN Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles SCOTLAND (2*) – tribute to Andrew Fairlie

Friday 7th February

KEN HOM Celebrity Chef

Saturday 8th February

JAMES MARTIN Celebrity chef & TV Presenter UK

Sunday 9th February

NIGEL HAWORTH Northcote Obsession Chef Ambassador UK

Created by Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft in 2001, Obsession began and continues to be a celebration of the best of the culinary world. Over the last two decades, the festival has grown from a four-night mini festival with a few of Nigel’s talented friends (Nick Nairn, Phil Howard, Terry Laybourne and Charles Metcalfe), to a 17-night extravaganza of international gastronomy.

With chefs ranging to the UK’s best-loved household names and ground-breaking newcomers to some of the world’s best chefs from overseas, the festival has grown from year to year to become one of the most well-loved and respected food festivals, with a format that is entirely unique to Obsession.

Tickets for Obsession 2020 cost 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

The Obsession 2020 ticket hotline opens on Sunday 13th October at 9.00am and the number to call is 0333 999 7762.

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VIP hospitality packages are available to book for six or more people in the Louis Roederer Room or at the Chef’s Table from £2400 plus VAT. Packages available now: please contact Kaye Mathew or Robyn Loftus on 01254 240555 or email enquiries

Accommodation rate during Obsession 2019 starts from £305 for bed and breakfast.