World chefs come to Lancashire for Northcote’s Obsession 17 culinary showcase

106- Nigel Haworth (05-02-17)LEADING chefs from around the world gathered in Lancashire to showcase their skills at Northcote’s annual gastronomic extravaganza Obsession.

Now in  its 17th year, Obsession 17 saw 22 chefs with 16 Michelin stars between them from nine different countries in four continents get together to cook their own special menus at the hotel over 17 consecutive nights.

023-Michael O'Hare (25-01-17)A total of 9,350 dishes were served to more than 1,800 guests with 633 bottles of champagne and 2,040 bottles of wine.

“2017 has been a very special year for Obsession with chefs from around the world taking part, who were all clearly super conscious of performing at their best,” said Nigel Haworth, chef-patron at Northcote.

034- Ana Ros (29-01-17)“There’s been a huge harmony across the whole event with the kitchen to front of house and visiting chefs working together to create 17 nights that the guests have absolutely loved, and loads of people have already said they can’t wait until next year.

“It’s something very special for Northcote, the area, and the UK to have an event like Obsession 17 that is recognised on a global level.”

008- The California Boys (01-02-17)Managing director Craig Bancroft added: “It’s been an amazing Obsession 17 and one of the best in terms of the eclectic range of food served from around the whole world.

“This breadth of cuisine gave us some interesting and high quality challenges in regards to food and wine matching. Throughout the 17 nights there were 102 pairings with no wines repeated.

046- Lu Yao (28-01-17)“Obsession really is a whole team effort including kitchen, front of house, events, marketing, ancillary, and reception, who all did an amazing job over the 17 nights. It requires serious focus and passion and is something we all thrive on.”

The chefs were:

Michael Wignall (2 stars) – Gidleigh Park, Dartmoor, UK

Gareth Ward (1 star) – Ynyshir Hall, Wales

John Williams (1 star) – The Ritz, London, UK

Gennaro Esposito (2 stars) – La Torre Del Saracino, Vico Equense, Italy

Lisa Goodwin-Allen – Northcote, Lancashire, UK; Chantelle Nicholson, Tredwells, London, UK; Claire Clarke; Anna Hansen, The Modern Pantry, London, UK

Michael O’Hare (1 star) – The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, UK

Pasi Petanen – Sydney, and Daniel Puskas – Sixpenny, Sydney, Australia

Hans Neuner (2 stars) – Ocean, Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Portugal

Lu Yao – Yihe Mansions, Nanjing, China

Sunday 29th January – Ana Ros – Hisa Franko, Slovenia

Justin Cogley – Aubergine at L’Auberge, Carmel, USA

James Close (2 stars) – Raby Hunt, Darlington, UK

Justin Cogley, Aubergine at L’Auberge, Carmel, USA; en Spungen; Tony Baker

Isaac McHale (1 star) – The Clove Club, London, UK

Takagi Kazuo (2 stars) – Zeniya, Ashiya, Japan

Atul Kochhar (1 star) – Benares, London, UK

Nigel Haworth (1 star) – Northcote, Lancashire, UK

During the event £32,000 raised for Hospitality Action through a nightly silent auction as well as an overall draw to win a diamond necklace worth £2,500 donated by Leonard Dews Jewellers.

Headline sponsors for Obsession 17 were Electrolux Professional, and sponsors were Gaggenau, Sousvide Tools, True Foods, Pure Luxury, and Wedgwood.

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