CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Chef Q&A: Peter Knight, Aubrey Park Hotel

PUBLISHED: 18:01 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:37 08 June 2015

Lemon tart

Lemon tart

Leon Day Images

The executive chef at The Brasserie, Aubrey Park Hotel, Redbourn opens the door into his kitchen

Mackeral escabecheMackeral escabeche

Describe your style. Classic British Food with a French twist.

How do you decide your menu? My team and I look at what produce is in season and develop each new dish. We run a tasting session with the larger hotel team for feedback on flavours and taste prior to launching the menu.

Do you use Hertfordshire producers? I always try to use local produce when possible as we are lucky enough to be part of a community rich in fresh ingredients.

Which menu dish do you most enjoy preparing? I like working with lamb in the spring. It’s light yet full of flavour and is a great change from the heavier meats of the previous months. We’ve a great dish – duo of English spring lamb – on our menu now and it’s incredibly popular.

What ingredient is most important to your cooking? Butter. It enriches both sauces and dishes. When people cook at home butter is often replaced with a healthier alternative – eating out is the time to indulge in little luxuries.

Who did you train under and what did they teach you? I trained with Ian Penn and Mark Flanagan. They taught me how to cook classically and that passion is the secret ingredient in all winning dishes.

Next food trend prediction? Lots of al fresco dining – fish dishes enjoyed with salad and wine.

What’s in your fridge at home? Fruit and vegetables, I eat a lot of salad in the spring and summer with lighter meals such as jacket potatoes.

Favourite quick meal? Spaghetti carbonara with chicken.

Top three tips for amateur cooks? Listen to your heart, Learn as much as you can, and read plenty of cookery books – knowledge is everything.

Best ever cookbook? The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller, a birthday present from my parents.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Wed, 18:38

Make the most out of autumn with these eight walking routes that take in a variety of Hertfordshire’s terrains and - most importantly – have a cosy pub along the way

Read more
Tue, 16:40

Pulled and rolled Jacob’s ladder with potato, carrot and leek cake, roasted baby leeks and veal jus

Read more
October 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Auberge du Lac opened its doors in 1998 and we are inviting you to celebrate the restaurants fabulous history on Wednesday 28th November.

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Buntingford gains a new 28-cover fine-dining restaurant with the opening of the Falcon

Read more
October 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Christmas at the Tilbury from 23rd November to 29th December.

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Christmas at The White Hart from November 23rd to December 29th 2018.

Read more

Offering both Turkish and Italian cuisine, this large restaurant in the historic Drill Hall in Bishop’s Stortford manages to pull off variety in enjoyable style

Read more
October 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Whether you want fine dining or classic pub food, real ales or good wine, we have the pub for you in our Hertfordshire pub guide

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

St Albans restaurant Dylans at the King’s Arms has opened a second outlet following a renovation

Read more
September 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

After a glittering ceremony at the Henry Moore Foundation, we can now reveal the winners of all 11 categories of this year’s awards

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search