Paul Rankin changed the face of culinary Northern Ireland when he opened Roscoff, the restaurant that was to become the first to win a Michelin Star in the country. 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.
Paul is best known for being one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on Ready Steady Cook which regularly pulled in nearly 3 million viewers. Since 2011 Paul has presented three series of Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip, with fellow chef Nick Nairn, traveling around the coasts of Northern Ireland and Scotland by boat to explore their Ulster-Scots culinary heritage. The third series was filmed in the USA, following the trail of Ulster-Scots settlers who sailed to the New World three hundred years ago. Paul and Nick’s Big American Food Trip was shown on UTV and STV in 2015 as well as internationally including on Asian Food Channel and Canada’s GustoTV. Series 4 is aired in March 2016 on UTV in Northern Ireland and STV in Scotland.