Paul Ainsworth – No 6 Restaurant


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A classically trained chef, Paul Ainsworth served his apprenticeship working under some of the most respected figures of the contemporary era.

Born in Southampton in 1979, Paul studied catering and hospitality at Southampton City College before following the lights to London’s restaurant trade. From 1998, he spent two years with Gary Rhodes at Rhodes in the Square, and then three years with Gordon Ramsay working at Royal Hospital Road.

In 2003, Paul moved to the original Petrus site to work for Marcus Wareing for three years before finishing his time in London at the Berkeley Hotel with Marcus.

After eight years of living in London working eighteen-hour days, a pivotal moment in Paul’s career occurred upon meeting Derek Mapp, with whose backing Paul and friends opened Number 6 in 2006, developing an ambitious menu.

When Paul took sole occupancy in 2009, Derek played an influential role outside the kitchen as Paul’s business partner, friend and mentor.

Meanwhile, Paul reworked the menu around the ethos it holds today: quality ingredients, often humble in nature, used to create meals with smooth clean flavours that offer great value for money.