Sneha Girap (Editor)

Paul Rankin

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Name  Paul Rankin
Role  Chef
Spouse  Jeanne Rankin (m. ?–2011)

Paul Rankin Paul Rankin acknowledges failure of 39Gordon Ramsaytype
Born  1 October 1959 (age 56) (1959-10-01) Glasgow, Scotland
TV shows  Masterchef (UK), The People's Cookbook
Books  Gourmet Ireland, Gourmet Ireland Two, Succession Planting for Adventur, Hot Food, Ideal Home Cooking
Similar People  Jean‑Christophe Novelli, Lesley Waters, Ed Baines

Paul rankin mourne seafood cookery school kilkeel

Paul Rankin (born 1 October 1959 Glasgow, Scotland) is a celebrity chef from Ballywalter, County Down, Northern Ireland. Rankin's parents moved back to Ballywalter, where he grew up, some time after he was born. This was stated when he was the subject of an episode of a short programme named Proud Parents on Channel 4, made in 2006. On the episode of Ready Steady Cook first broadcast on Tuesday 26 February 2008, he himself stated he was born in Scotland.


Paul Rankin Paul Rankin Celebrity Chef LifeStyle FOOD

Paul rankin main course judging great british menu northern ireland


Paul Rankin httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu

In 1989 Paul Rankin opened Roscoff, the restaurant that was to become the first to win a Michelin Star in Northern Ireland. Soon after opening, it became the favourite meeting place for the Belfast business and arts community, and people travelled from Dublin simply to experience what was considered to be the best cooking in Northern Ireland at the time. Forced by financial difficulties, Rankin sold the restaurant in 2005. The building is now occupied by restaurant CoCo.

Paul Rankin Celebrity chef Paul Rankin closes flagship Belfast

Many chefs and head chefs, such as Dylan McGrath, Michael Deane and Robbie Millar, have received part of their training there.

Paul Rankin BBC Food Chefs Paul Rankin recipes

His first foray into television was in the series Gourmet Ireland, produced by Irish company Waddell Productions, and shown on both BBC and RTE. Both Paul and Jeanne starred in the show that was noted for the banter between the two. Jeanne is a successful pastry chef. He has since been a regular chef on the BBC cookery programme Ready Steady Cook. In 1999 Rankin was the first chef from Northern Ireland to be awarded a Michelin Star. He has written five cookery books & ran The Rankin Group chain of restaurants & cafés, including Cayenne and Roscoff in Belfast. His Canadian wife Jeanne introduced him to cooking and is co-owner of their business.

Paul Rankin See inside celebrity chef Paul Rankins impressive South Belfast

In 2006 Rankin competed in the Northern Ireland heat of the BBC's Great British Menu, a competition to cook for the Queen on her 80th birthday.

Paul Rankin From 15 restaurants to one Paul Rankin reveals how he expanded

In 2006, Rankin appeared on The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, along with fellow chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli and Ross Burden. He has also appeared on the TV programme Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

Rankin has recently sold off most of the Rankin Group to cover business debts, leaving only the flagship Cayenne restaurant under his control, although this too was under negotiation as part of an IVA. This IVA was successful and bankruptcy was avoided. However, the restaurant finally closed its doors on Sunday 24 March 2013 with Rankin citing the economic climate and disruptive protests in the city as being two of the reasons for the closure.

The late Robbie Millar made his name while working at Roscoff.


  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry Award
  • Personal life

    Paul and Jeanne Rankin were married for more than 25 years. Their marriage ended amicably in 2011.

    Paul Rankin and Jeanne met in the 1980s, while working in Le Gavroche at notable restaurant in London. He started there as a dishwasher, while she started as a waitress. Soon they were moved into the kitchen and started their kitchen career.

    A riding accident left her in constant pain and ended her career as pastry chef. In September 2005 Jeanne publicly acknowledged that she had been heavily dependent upon morphine and other prescription drugs following the accident and had sought help in rehabilitation.

    In August 2012, Rankin spoke about the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. He revealed that his father is suffering from the disease and no longer recognises him.


  • Hot Food (1997)
  • Gourmet Ireland (1997)
  • Gourmet Ireland 2 (1998)
  • Ideal Home Cooking (1998)
  • New Irish Cookery (2005)
  • Steps 2 work programme
  • References

    Paul Rankin Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Ed Baines
    Lesley Waters
    Nenjil Or Aalayam