Rick Toogood was born on the Channel Islands surrounded by fish. His mother trained at Cordon Bleu and her enthusiasm for food, particularly fish, was passed on to Rick. With a passion for food ingrained his blood, Rick went on to manage various different sites for Fishworks before realising his and wife Katie’s joint dream of owning their own restaurant.
Despite having had no formal food training, founder Rick, along with his wife Katie, discovered their dish inspiration from all avenues, including travelling and visiting other restaurants and spending days working for free at various fishmongers before opening their first Prawn on the Lawn in Islington in 2013. Rick’s background was in design and then managing restaurants while Katie worked in the music industry. Katie and Rick have since opened three further restaurants in Padstow, another Prawn on the Lawn in 2015, followed by Barnaby’s in 2018 and their Prawn on the Farm pop-up in 2021 which is set to return in the Spring of 2022. In 2019 POTL Padstow won the Caterer mag’s UK Seafood Restaurant of The Year award and has been featured in the Michelin guide for the last 6 years running. Rick and Katie published their first cookbook in 2018.
Prawn on the Lawn will feature as one of our Chef Tipis at the festival this year.