Chef Q&A Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn
PUBLISHED: 11:48 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:41 20 February 2013
What's in a name? Not only does Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn have two AA Rosettes. He has a restaurant named after him too!
Whats in a name?
Not only does Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn have two AA Rosettes. He has a restaurant named after him too!
â—How would you describe your menu?
French/British with a twist. By using the very best of seasonal foods and local suppliers you can create food that allows the flavours to come through.
â—Which chef do you most admire?
Actually there are two - the Roux Brothers. They brought to England the very best of French cuisine and are responsible for producing some of the best known chefs today.
â—Desert island foods if you were stranded on a desert island which three foods would you want to take with you?
Terrine of foie gras, fresh langoustine and dark chocolate. If space allowed Id also sneak in a wonderful bottle of Chablis Premier Cru.
â—What is your favourite ingredient?
Seafood, it reminds me of my summer holidays spent on the Brittany Coast which was easily reached from my home town of Nantes.
â—Whats your most memorable meal?
At the Notting Hill Brasserie in London, an amazing 10 course gourmet evening, however any evening spent with friends when Im not cooking is memorable.
â—Which is your favourite cuisine?
This will come as no surprise but it has to be French!! I also love the intricate flavours associated with Asian cooking.
â—What is your favourite food?
Steak Tartare, a simple dish but when prepared correctly is amazing. If its on a menu, Ive got to have it.
â—What do you like most about your restaurant?
Its name. It is a great honour for any chef to have their restaurant named after them.
â—What advice would you give to anyone interested in a career in cooking?
Always taste your food - this is the key to understanding the balance of flavours - and keep challenging yourself. Above all be prepared for hard work but the rewards when you create your own dish are priceless.
â—Name the cooking hero/heroine who inspired you
My grandmother. I still remember the wonderful aroma coming from her kitchen. She could create a feast from only a few ingredients. She was an amazing cook and grandmother.
Oliviers Restaurant at The Inn at Woburn, George Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire MK17 9PX. Tel: 01525 290441