Nathan Outlaw

Nathan Outlaw

In addition to Outlaw's New Road, Nathan runs the Michelin-starred Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in the same town. He previously had a restaurant in Dubai (Nathan Outlaw at Al Maraha), as well as The Mariners Rock, Outlaw's at The Capital and Siren, all of which have since closed.

Nathan clearly has a real passion for seafood, yet the decision to focus on it entirely was also something of a geographical one. He strongly believes that chefs should 'play to the strengths of their area' when it comes to ingredients and, with boatfuls of glorious fish being brought in every day by Cornish fishermen, there is no shortage of inspiration.

Where possible Nathan will source his fish directly from these fishermen, with other produce purchased from local markets and farms. He is guided by what’s in season – 'I let the markets tell me what’s available and I cook it' – and passionate about sustainability, aware of the impact inconsiderate methods of fishing can have on the marine environment.

Signature dishes include the likes of turbot with tartar sauce and crispy Porthilly oysters, with ice cream flavoured with local Tregothnan Earl Grey acting as a gloriously smoky sweet.

Nathan has published four cookbooks of his own, Nathan Outlaw’s British Seafood (2012), Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (2014), Nathan Outlaw's Everyday Seafood (2016) and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (2019). The former, a comprehensive guide to cooking, sourcing and eating British seafood, is a fitting paean to that which has made Nathan the well-loved chef he is today.

In addition to teaching home cooks his seafood secrets he has strong links with Cornwall College’s catering department, with Academy Nathan Outlaw training future chefs with the requisite skills to make the most of the glorious bounty their region has to offer.

Three things you need to know

Nathan is a self-confessed cookbook fanatic – he estimates there are between 300 to 400 of them on his bookshelves.

The sticky toffee pudding that sometimes features on his menus isn't his, but his daughter Jessica's, who won the Amateur Sticky Toffee Pudding Championship in Padstow with it.

His prized possession is his oyster knife – over a decade old and still the best he has ever found.