He replaces Stephane Delourme, who has moved to a group chef position to train the next generation of chefs across the 12 Stein restaurants.
Padstow-born Murt joined the Stein team in 2000 as kitchen porter at St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow, before progressing through the company’s chef apprenticeship programme.
He left after six years to work at Claude Bosi’s two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus in London, before returning to the Stein group in 2015 for the launch of their restaurant in Sandbanks, Dorset.
“Pete comes from the large Padstow family of Murts many of whom have supplied us with seafood over the years so I've known Pete even before he started working for us as a very young kitchen porter and have watched his development over the years into a first class chef,” says Rick Stein,
“His first head chef's job had been at our restaurant in Sandbanks and now The Seafood Restaurant, I'm really looking forward to working with him back in Padstow.”