Chef Revelations – Andrew Pern, chef proprietor, the Star Inn, Harome

23 November 2012
Chef Revelations – Andrew Pern, chef proprietor, the Star Inn, Harome

What was your first job?
On my dad's farm, helping to feed the pheasant chicks and delivering lambs

What was your first job in catering? Working at the Milburn Arms in Rosedale in the North Yorkshire Moors, where I remained for six years, progressing to head chef

What's your favourite restaurant?
The Kitchin, Edinburgh

What's your favourite hotel?
Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, or Gleneagles if with the children

What is your favourite drink?
These days probably Yorkshire tea; in the old days it would have been anything with alcohol in it!

What is your favourite cuisine?

Describe your ultimate nightmare
Being told I'd have to become a vegetarian and/or losing my sense of humour (the first would probably result in the second)

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Things like strawberries with savoury is ridiculous. I don't get on with tripe or kidneys either.

Which person in catering have you most admired?
Michel Roux

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?
Paul Heathcote

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

If not yourself, who would you rather have been?
Hugh Hefner

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? In the army

Tell us a secret…
I've got a third nipple

What irritates you most about the industry?
False people who fool themselves that they are good at what they do and actually believe their own PR, from commis to head chefs

When did you last eat a hamburger?
Black ‘n' Blue at Frankie & Benny's

What is your favourite prepared product?
Salad cream… pourable sunshine

What's your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption

What do you always carry with you?
Blood pressure tablets and a sense of humour

What's your favourite book?
The Mountain and the Chef by Catherine De Montalembert, Emmanuel Renaut and Isabelle Hintzy

Who would be in your fantasy brigade?
Marc Veyrat, ex Ferme de Mon Père, Megève, France; Emmanuel Renaut, Les Floçons de Sel, Megève, France; Paul Heathcote; Steven Doherty, Windermere First Floor Cafe, Lakeland; Magnus Nilsson, Fäviken, Jarpen, Sweden; Michel Roux, the Waterside Inn

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