Chef Q&A Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn

PUBLISHED: 11:48 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:41 20 February 2013

Chef Q&A Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn

Chef Q&A Olivier Bertho of The Inn at Woburn

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!

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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.

●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

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