Food + Wine

World's Best Beach Food

Fry-Up in Cornwall

The beach: Watergate Bay in Cornwall, the surfer's paradise of western England

The place: Fifteen Cornwall, where Jamie Oliver helps aspiring young chefs earn their stripes in the kitchen

The dish: A locally sourced English fry-up, with eggs, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh-baked bread

A day of surfing on Cornwall's north coast—where the water temperature hovers around 60°F—calls for a serious prebeach fuel-up. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver comes to the rescue, in more ways than one. His acclaimed restaurant Fifteen Cornwall, overlooking a wide, pretty beach in the heart of England's surf country, each year gives underprivileged students true hands-on culinary training. And like many restaurants born of England's food renaissance, Fifteen Cornwall is all about local ingredients and food products. Those fried eggs with their gorgeous, sunlight-orange yolks came from a nearby poultry farmer. The thick slices of grilled heirloom tomatoes arrived courtesy of a regional specialty-veggie grower. The succulent sausage? The foraged mushrooms? Yeah, the chef "knows a guy." Top up your tank with some of the best coffee for miles, and you're ready for the bracing water. The beach is a home base for local surf kids as well as extreme water-sports aficionados from further afield—although "extreme" in this case means nothing more aggro than parasailing (this is the English countryside, not L.A.).

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