Stein was awarded the prestigious accolade at a ceremony held on the Plymouth Hoe on Tuesday. The award honours people who have achieved great distinction in their professional lives and for their contributions to society at large.
“I’m really pleased to have been given this honorary doctorate,” she said. “I never went to university so to receive this award from the University of Plymouth and be recognised for my achievements is fantastic."
Stein was also recently named ‘one of the most influential women in hospitality’ by People 1st, alongside the likes of Delia Smith CBE, Angela Hartnett and Nigella Lawson.
She has worked behind the scenes to inspire The Seafood Restaurant’s significant growth - the business now includes six restaurants, accommodation, a cookery school, pub and four shops.