who we are
The Bertinet Kitchen opened in September 2005 in the centre of beautiful and historic Bath. Owned and run by French chef and baker, Richard Bertinet, the school offers a range of relaxed and fun courses for food lovers of all abilities and specialist baking and bread-making courses for amateurs and professionals alike. The school won the South West Tourism Award for Best Tourism Experience in 2009 and has been featured in the US television series on PBS: Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth - A Tour of Cookery Schools Around the World.
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Originally from Brittany in north-west France, Richard trained as a baker from the age of 14. Having moved to the UK in the late 1980s, he started cooking and his catering background included stints at the Chewton Glen Hotel, as head chef at both the Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest and the Silver Plough at Pitton in Salisbury where in 1990 he was awarded the Egon Ronay, Pub of the Year and American Express Magazine, UK Pub of the Year. In 1996, a position as Operations Director with the Novelli Group of restaurants brought him to London where in 1998 he started advising small food related businesses. The business flourished causing Richard to set up the Dough Co, his consultancy business, in 2000 and to split his time between consultancy work advising on the development of new products for several supermarket chains, teaching and writing.
In 2004, with a young family, Richard and his wife Jo decided that it was time to leave London and head West to be closer to Jo's family. The plans for The Bertinet Kitchen began to take shape and they found the premises at 12 St Andrew's Terrace, Bath at the tail end of that year.
The cookery school opened in September 2005 in the same month that Richard's first book Dough was published to critical aclaim and a host of awards (IACP cookery book of the year 2006, James Beard Award for Best Book (Baking & Deserts) and the Julia Child Award for Best First Book). Richard published his second book Crust in 2007 (World Gourmand Award for Best UK Book -Baking) and Cook - In A Class of Your Own in 2010. Two immensely popular books have followed: Pastry in 2012 and Patisserie Maison in 2014.
Richard was named the BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 at the BBC Food & Farming Awards on 24 November 2010.
Richard makes regular TV appearances on programmes such as Saturday Kitchen (BBC).
the office team...
jo harrod bertinet
the kitchen team...
Our newest member to the Bertinet family and Fionn's right-hand woman. Coming from South Africa to beautiful Bath, we don't discuss the weather! She can be found up to her elbows in dough mastering Richard's technique.
our house chefs...
Jenny Chandler studied Spanish and Catalan at the universities of Bristol and Barcelona. After training at Leith's School of Food and Wine in London, she worked as a chef on a luxury yacht based in the Mediterranean and in Barcelona. She is our longest-standing and most experienced house guest chef and has worked closely with Richard since the school opened in 2005. She runs her own classes in Bristol and has written two cookery books on Spanish Food: The Real Taste of Spain and The Food of Northern Spain was shortlisted for the prestigious Andre Simon award.
yolande stanley MCA
Yolande is one of only seven people in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Master of the Culinary Arts for pastry. Yolande worked as Head Pastry chef at Cliveden and the Carlton Hotel in St Moritz, The Ritz and at the Landmark Hotel before becoming a senior lecturer at Thames Valley University teaching Patisserie to degree level. For the past 10 years Yolande has been the UK Training Manager for UKSkills for Confectionery and Pastry, tasked with training young chefs to World standard to represent the UK at the WorldSkills Competition. At the awards themselves she has to swap hats as she is also the International Judge and Chief Expert (elected by her contempories - 18 other International Experts).
Monisha grew up in Mumbai with her grandmother, her mother and many aunts were all keen cooks. After leaving school she qualified as a chef before moving to England when she was 22. She tried out countless recipes in order to replicate what she had eaten in India while paring down the fuss and bother of traditional Indian cooking. She has worked as a food consultant to The Times of India group of newspapers where she cooked for national and international celebrities and more recently has written a number of books on Indian cooking. She teaches in London and with us in Bath.