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There was a brief moment of confusion for a Cornwall-based chef after the crowning moment of his career was relayed to him via social networking.
Padstow restaurant 'Paul Ainsworth at Number 6' has earned the town's first ever Michelin star, it has now been confirmed.
The news came as a surprise to Mr Ainsworth as the Michelin website accidentally published details of the new restaurants included in the 2013 guide – a week ahead of the official release.
After being alerted to the news by comments on Twitter, Mr Ainsworth telephoned Michelin who confirmed that the Padstow restaurant had been awarded its first star.
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He said: "I just couldn't believe it, I didn't know whether to celebrate or what to do, and then Twitter went crazy, every tweet was about Michelin. So I called Michelin and they confirmed that we had been awarded a star which was an amazing feeling.
"It's something that I've always dreamt of as a kid; for every chef I've ever worked for, that was the point to prove you were cooking good food. There are lots of other lists and guides but Michelin has always been a super-special guide."
Mr Ainsworth's restaurant brings Cornwall's total of Michelin-starred establishments to three alongside the two-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in nearby Rock, and the Driftwood at Portscatho, where last year chef Chris Eden became the first Cornishman to hold the honour. Mr Ainsworth's career has seen him working with Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing He moved to Padstow in 2006.