From 18th January to 3rd February, Northcote hosted the 19th year of their gastronomic festival, Obsession. 

Northcote’s spectacular 16-night guest chef event, Obsession 19, held at the luxury Lancashire hotel earlier this month, has raised more than £40,000 for industry charity Hospitality Action. 

Obsession 19 saw a line-up of 18 chefs with 15 Michelin stars between them cook at the Michelin-starred restaurant, located within the 26-bedroom Relais & Chateaux hotel, between 18th January and 3rd February.

Among the chefs who took part in the event, now in its 19th year, were Ollie Dabbous of Hide and James Lowe of Lyles, both in London, Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park in Colerne, Wiltshire, and 2018 Young European Chef of the Year Niall Keating of Whatley Manor in Easton Grey, Wiltshire. 

A silent auction was offered throughout the two-and-a-half-week period, and donation envelopes were available each night allowing guests to contribute towards the overall total.

Mark Lewis, Chief Executive of Hospitality Action, comments: “Once again the team at Northcote have produced a world-class food festival in the heart of the North West.

"Their generous gift of £40,000 to Hospitality Action is an amazing feat which will transform the lives of hospitality workers in not only in the North West, but across the UK.

“Their fundraising is testimony not only to the team at Northcote but also to the fantastically loyal and philanthropic fan base they have established over the years, not to mention their unique ability to attract some of the finest chefs in the world.” 

Obsession was created by Northcote ambassador Nigel Haworth in 2001 to celebrate great food, wine and chefs.