Award winning culinary festival ‘Obsession’ announces line-up for 2023

17Nights – 20 Chefs and 16 Michelin Stars – it’s the fine dining festival which has become everyone’s obsession 
Following the phenomenal, record-breaking success of last year’s festival, and subsequent ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at the AA Hospitality Awards, Northcote Obsession is set to be full of the flair and exceptional gastronomy it is famous for once again. Known as one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised gourmet festivals in Europe, Obsession will take place at Northcote in the Ribble Valley, from 20thJanuary to 5thFebruary 2023.
Twenty world class chefs with 16 Michelin stars between them will make the trip to luxury Lancashire hotel and Michelin star restaurant Northcote, which is part of The Stafford Collection, and headed up by executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, to cook up a culinary storm. 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 the hottest tickets in town.
The 2023 line-up
The grand finale
  • Sunday 5thFebruary, featuring:
    • Lisa Goodwin Allen,Northcote,Ribble Valley (1 star)
    • Monica Galetti,Mere, London 
    • Nieves Barragan Mohacho,Sabor, London (1 star)
Obsession launched 2001 as a celebration of great food, wine and a meeting of friends, old and new. From that first event, it has evolved but the ethos is still very much the same; to offer guests a completely memorable culinary experience, created by some of the world’s most innovative chefs.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen, executive chef atNorthcotesaid; “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 andChetan Sharmajoining 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 Jöro contined; “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 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 Brum 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.” 
Guests can also enjoy a Louis Roederer Collection 242 Champagne reception, and have the option of adding a wine flight to the dinner. 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. Northcote recently retained its Spectator Two Glass Wine Awardfor itsabsolute commitment to wine, and breadth of the cellar across multiple winegrowing regions including Burgundy, Spain and Portugal.
The hotel’s atmospheric bar is also a focal point of every evening, especially post dinner with specially created Obsession cocktails that take inspirations from chefs’ menus. Obsession23 will see the launch of the newly curated Obsession Gin which is set to be a much sought after post dinner tipple.
Obsession23 sponsors: 
  • Headline sponsor: Deepbridge Capital 
  • Restaurant sponsor: Royal Crown Derby
  • Cookery School sponsor: Gaggenau 
  • Film sponsor: Wellocks
  • Luxury Car Sponsor: Stratstone
  • Wine sponsor: The Wright Wine Company 
  • Kitchen sponsor: Electolux Professional
  • Programme sponsor: Leonard Dews 
  • Champagne sponsor: Louis Roederer 
  • Glass sponsor: Riedel Glassware
In true Northcote Obsession tradition, the official charity for Obsession23 is Hospitality Action. To date, Obsession has raised almost half a million pounds for the charity.
People can register for tables for Obsession23 on 10th November, and are priced at £185 per person, including a Louis Roederer Champagne and canapé reception, five course menu, coffee and petit fours. A specially paired wine flight can be added, starting from around £65 per person.
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VIP hospitality packages are available to book for six or more people in the Louis Roederer Room or at the Chef’s Table, from £2,475 + VAT.