Paul Heathcote was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960. Having enjoyed cooking in his early teens, he went to the Bolton Technical College after leaving high school to obtain catering qualifications.
During his years of apprenticeship Paul met and worked with Francis Coulson and Brian Sack at Sharrow Bay Hotel in Ullswater, Cumbria, Michel Bourdin at London's Connaught Hotel, and Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire, with whom he trained for 12 years. Soon after, he assumed the role of executive head chef at Broughton Park hotel in Preston.
At the age of 29, in 1990, Paul opened his own restaurant at Longridge in Preston, which was named Longridge in 1993 and won its second Michelin star in 1994. In 1995 he launched the first of four Simply Heathcote brasseries in Preston. In 2002, its basement became the first in the chain of Olive Press restaurants. He has also set up an outside catering arm and a cookery school in Manchester.
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