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Northcote, Northcote Rd, Langho, Blackburn, BB6 8BE – Visit Now

The culinary event of the year is back, with the revealing of the full line-up at this year’s Obsession 22 at Northcote. The yearly tradition of bringing chefs from far and wide to the North-West’s gem of a hotel that is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant itself is ready to welcome the resurgence of real hospitality as we remember it.

This pilgrimage of renowned chefs has been going on for more than two decades now and is set to remain a diary highlight for anyone fond of gastronomic art. In true 2021 form, the Zoom announcement from the Northcote chef’s table was just as exciting as any previous years’ notices.

The UK’s finest chefs are ready to dazzle guests with their unique styles and takes on fresh and local produce

For the upcoming event, set to run for a fortnight from the 21st January to the 6th February, the Northcote kitchen will be the stage for sixteen chefs that hold fifteen Michelin stars between each other. Faces old and new will be present, hailing from across the UK and each ready to dazzle guests with their unique styles and takes on fresh and local produce.

As anybody from the region can attest, the North-West is rich in artisanal suppliers, granting access to a direct connection to farms and providers for top-quality ingredients.

Amongst the headliners are Northcote’s own Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Matt Abe, Tom Kerridge and Roberta Hall-McCarrod. Matt Abe will travel all the way from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to showcase world-class takes on seasonal British produce. Alongside him, Tom Kerridge will take over the kitchen for a night for a return stint to the Obsession scene, last involved at Obsession 15.

Roberta Hall-McCarrod is the inverse, having watched Obsession unfold from afar in the past, this is her first time in the Obsession limelight and is sure to impress if her flagship restaurant, The Little Chartroom, is anything to go by.

Tickets for the chance to experience so many first-rate chefs’ creations in a singular space go on sale on September 28th. This festival of food is one not to be missed, especially not the grand-finale of three chefs’ combined efforts and culinary expertise.

Full line-up:

Fri 21st Jan – Lisa Goodwin-Allen (Northcote, 1*)

Sat 22nd Jan – Matt Abe (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, 3*)

Sun 23rd Jan – Michael Viljanen (Chapter One)

Monday 24th Jan – Jordan Bailey (Aimsir, 2*)

Tuesday 25th Jan – Tom Barnes/Simon Rogan (L’Enclume, 2*)

Wednesday 26th Jan – Roberta Hall-McCarron (The Little Chartroom)

Thursday 27th Jan – Alex Bond (Alchemilla, 1*)

Friday 28th Jan – Galton Blackiston (Morston Hall, 1*)

Saturday 29th Jan – Hrishikesh Desai (HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, 1*)

Sunday 30th Jan – Kenny Atkinson (House of Tides, 1*)

Wednesday 2nd Feb – James Martin

Thursday 3rd Feb – Tom Kerridge (Hand & Flowers, 2*)

Friday 4th Feb – Atul Kochar

Sunday 6th Feb – Monica Galetti (Mere, 1*)/Nieves Barragan Mohaco (Sabor, 1*)/Lisa Goodwin-Allen (Northcote, 1*)

  • Northcote Rd, Langho
  • Blackburn
  • BB6 8BE
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