An East Lancashire restaurant has revealed the full list of top chefs cooking at its annual food festival, which takes place next year.

Northcote, in Langho, has confirmed its line-up for Obsession 2023 where the world's top chefs are invited to cook at the restaurant for one night only.

Following the, record-breaking success of this year’s festival, and subsequent ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at the AA Hospitality Awards, Northcote's next event is set to take place from January 20 to to February 5, 2023.

Lancashire Telegraph: Twenty world class chefs will cook at Northcote's Obsession food festival in 2023Twenty world class chefs will cook at Northcote's Obsession food festival in 2023 (Image: Northcote)

Twenty world class chefs, with 16 Michelin stars between them, will make the trip to the hotel and Michelin star restaurant, which is part of The Stafford Collection, and headed up by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, to cook up a culinary storm.

Obsession, which first launched in 2001, hopes to offer guests a completely memorable culinary experience, created by some of the world’s most innovative chefs.  

Taking place over 17 nights, the festival will see a number of exciting and emerging chefs, as well as some of the world’s most established, from all corners of the UK, France and Portugal, cook their unique Obsession menus for those quick enough to get their hands on tickets.

They have a lot to live up to, with Lisa Goodwin-Allen being crowned Britain's best chef at the Cateys earlier this year.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen, executive chef at Northcote said: “Well what can I say? The vibe, teamwork and overall energy from everyone involved last year was outstanding.

“It was a real celebration, especially coming straight off the back of a really tough time for the hospitality industry.  

“The line-up of chefs for 2023 is really exciting, the style of cooking they are bringing to Obsession is diverse, progressive and highly technical.

“We’ve got some great emerging and well talked about chefs like Luke French and Chetan Sharma joining us, and household names like John Williams from The Ritz and Tom Sellers from Restaurant Story.

“I’m really looking forward to be opening, as well as wrapping up the festival too. Guests will be delighted to see the return of the three non blondes on the final night too!”  

Luke French, chef and co-owner of Sheffield-based European restaurant, Jöro, said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be invited to cook at Northcote Obsession23. It’s an event every year I’ve always been in awe of and I never thought I’d be cooking at it.

"The talent of the chefs that go through the kitchens during the event is unbelievable. I’m gassed to be cooking alongside a line-up of absolute legends in our industry and showcase what we do at JÖRO.” 

Added Brad Carter, chef/proprietor of Birmingham’s Carters of Moseley: “Obsession is an event I have always admired from afar and hoped to cook one day, when Lisa asked me to take part I was buzzing to be a part of the line up at the legendary Northcote.

“I’m hoping to bring a bit of Birmingham magic to Lancashire! I will be cooking some Carters of Moseley signature serves and focusing on my ethos of using products that only come from the UK, Scotland or Ireland, showing the world the class ingredients we have on our island.” 

Managing director Craig Bancroft and his wine team meticulously choose wines to pair with the unique flavours and ingredients of each course each night, to really elevate the dining experience.

Obsession 2023 will see the launch of the newly curated Obsession Gin which is set to be a sought after After-dinner tipple.  

The full 2023 line-up  

  • Friday 20th January: Lisa Goodwin Allen, Northcote, Ribble Valley (1 star) & Niall Keating, Luna, Barlaston 
  • Saturday 21st January: Ricardo Costa, The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant, Portugal (2 stars) 
  • Sunday 22nd January: Alex Dilling, Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal, London  
  • Monday 23rd January: Nathan Davies, SY23, Aberystwyth, Wales (1 star) 
  • Tuesday 24th January: Chetan Sharma, Bibi, London  
  • Wednesday 25th January: Brad Carter, Carters of Mosley, Birmingham (1 star) 
  • Thursday 26th January: Tommy Banks, The Black Swan, Oldstead, York (1 star) 
  • Friday 27th January: Anna Haugh, Myrtle, London & Sally Abe, The Pem, London 
  • Saturday 28th January: Tom Sellars, Restaurant Story, London (2 stars) 
  • Sunday 29th January: Santiago Lastra, Kol, London (1 star)  
  • Monday 30th January: Rafael Cagelli, Da Terra, London (2 stars)  
  • Tuesday 31st January: Luke French, JÖRO, Sheffield 
  • Wednesday 1st February: Loic Villemin, Toya Restaurant, France (1 star) 
  • Thursday 2nd February: John Williams & Spencer Metzger, The Ritz, London (1 star) 
  • Friday 3rd February: Alex Nietosvuori, Hjem, Hexham (1 star) 
  • Saturday 4th February: Mark Donald, The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant, Scotland (1 star) 

The grand finale  

  • Sunday 5th February, featuring:  
    • Lisa Goodwin Allen, Northcote, Ribble Valley (1 star) 
    • Monica Galetti, Mere, London 
    • Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Sabor, London (1 star)