Mick Smith has always focused on creating innovative dishes using the bounty of Cornwall’s soil and sea and is the talent behind multi-award winning Porthminster Beach Café and Porthminster Kitchen.
His 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 helping start up the kitchen at Donovans; now a dining institution. He went on to win a Chefs Hat (Oz version of a Michelin star) at the age of 21 at the Victoria in Port Fairy.
After a period of travel around Asia, always indulging in his two greatest pleasures, cooking and surfing, Mick settled in London. With the ocean calling, it seemed like a natural progression, both personal and professional, to say goodbye to city life and set up home in St Ives.