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Top chef James Close has garnered a Michelin star three years in a row at his Raby Hunt restaurant near Darlington, so you’d expect him to demand only the best when he takes precious time away from the kitchen.

However, he is a man of simple pleasures. He reveals: “As I am obsessed with food and travelling you might think I’m about to list a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants and ‘hip’ places around Europe where I’ve been lucky enough to visit for the last few years. But if I’m honest, since I was a tiny boy my parents have had a static caravan in Beadnell, Northumberland. I go there to relax, take time out and, basically, because it’s gorgeous. The beaches are wonderful. I can play golf at Bamburgh and Alnmouth, followed by good old fish and chips! It’s a real haven and one we’re lucky to have in the North East!”

Find out more about the Raby Hunt and follow James on Twitter @rabyhunt

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