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Porthminster Beach Café Patron/ Chef Mick Smith

While it was the ocean lifestyle that first drew Porthminster Beach Cafés Mick Smith to Cornwall, it is the ‘world class ‘ingredients that to this day keeps his culinary inspiration alive.

Mick’s route to St Ives has taken in a culinary journey spanning the globe. After growing up a stone’s throw from world famous surf along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia, he left his hometown of Warrnambool to sink his teeth into the bright lights of Melbourne’s foodie scene where he worked in some of the city’s best restaurants.

After travels around Asia and Europe, always indulging in his two greatest pleasures, cooking and surfing, Mick settled in London, working at The Sugar Club in Soho made famous by Peter Gordan. With the siren song of the ocean calling, it seemed like natural progression, both personal and professional, to say goodbye to city life in 2001 and set up home in St Ives, starting at the multi-award-winning restaurants, The Porthminster Beach Café, Porthgwidden Beach Cafe and Porthminster Kitchen.

Drawn to the ocean’s power and beauty, Mick would not want to be based anywhere else. Porthminster Beach Café is located literally right on the beach with uninterrupted views of the sea, St Ives and right over to Godrevy lighthouse offering sensational culinary inspiration.

Porthleven 26-28 April 2024

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