CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Chef Q&A

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:05 07 December 2015

Chris Coleby

Chris Coleby


Chris Coleby, The Cookery, Hoddesdon

Meat Salad with VegetableMeat Salad with Vegetable

Describe your style

Modern, creative and innovative with a nod to tradition and all that’s good with great ingredients. I take inspiration from classic chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and David Everitt–Matthias.

How do you decide your menu?

Thick filet mignonThick filet mignon

We are a cookery school, so our menus change with each class we teach. However, with our chef’s table private dining, my menus are based on tasting experiences designed around our guests. This give me a great opportunity to express my style and tempt our guests to try something new.

What Hertfordshire producers do you use?

We use as many local suppliers as we can. Our rape seed oils come from Duchess Oils in Sawbridgeworth, our meat from Ripley’s in Hoddesdon, fish from our local Hoddesdon market fishmongers and vegetables from Fresh, also in Hoddesdon. Even our wine selection is from EJB Wines, based in Hertford.

Which dish do you most enjoy preparing?

Making tortellini is a therapy but preparing some of the classics with my twist is always a challenge I look forward to, for example, working with game meats and delicate fish to enhance all the flavour and textures.

What ingredient is most important to your cooking? Salt flakes. Just a simple sprinkle over beautifully-prepared meat can change the whole eating experience. A dash of nutty Duchess rape seed oil gives dishes another simple but effective dimension.

What’s been your best culinary idea?

Adding a chicken skin and black truffle crisp as a garnish to a classic salmon and lobster tortellini. It lifted the dish off the plate visually and created texture with a flavour to contrast with the salmon.

Who did you train under and what did they teach you?

I trained under many talented chefs; however the main influence on me was Richard Stearn from the Fat Duck in Bray, who has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world.

Prediction for the next food trend?

Classics using clean, fresh ingredients without complications but using the skills of the chef to enhance the flavours and textures. People understand food more these days, they know what they like and expect excellence.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 People

16 minutes ago

In the latest in her series throughout 2018 profiling inspirational women, KATE HASKELL talks to England Women’s Cricket Captain, Heather Knight

Read more
26 minutes ago

Actor Tom Burke talks to JUDI SPIERS about his production of Don Carlos staged by his own theatre company Ara, in association with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre

Read more
44 minutes ago

If you have been lucky enough to be a homeowner for any significant length of time then you would certainly have been aware of how the value of your property has increased over the years

Read more

Andrew Griffiths meets Jim Dixon, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Peak District National Park.

Read more

Hale residents and business-owners Hanna Miraftab and Martin Kinsella are the newest additions to hit TV show Real Housewives of Cheshire

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01

Harnessing the power of social media, charity awards and dreaming up new projects - it’s all in a day’s work for Gloucestershire children’s charity Pied Piper and its corporate supporters

Read more
Yesterday, 12:27

The Cotswolds’ very own Prince of Wales turns 70 this month, so we looked back on some of the highlights of his life and career, and wondered what birthday pressies we would buy for the man who has the world at his feet

Read more

Thanks to the impact of ground-breaking comedy This Country, the quiet market town of Northleach has become one of the Cotswolds’ hottest film locations. Katie Jarvis is sent to investigate

Read more
Yesterday, 00:00

Lancashire actor Louis Emerick is preparing to make his third stage appearance as Captain Hook. He talks about childhood, Christmas and his new pantomime

Read more
Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

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