About Us

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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richard bertinet

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 1980's, 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 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 of the 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 baking book, DOUGH was published by Kyle Cathie 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 his third COOK - In a class of your own in April 2010.  He is currently working on a book on Pastry.  

Richard was named as the BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 at the BBC Food & Farming Awards on 24 November 2010.

the office team...

jo harrod bertinet

Jo is the boss!  Formerly a commercial lawyer in London, Jo heads up the comapny and all things Bertinet.

carrie bell

Carrie is the glue that holds the team together.  Carrie has a background in TV production and not only is she in charge of money and media but she is also the lovely person who deals with the team.

sarah geraghty

Sarah is our longest serving member of the team having been at the school since shortly after it opened. She has previously been a barrister and a brand manager for a global food business and is primarily responsible for the development of the Bertinet brand and the roll out of Bertinet Bread.

lydia brooks

Lydia is in charge of our mail order business and handles all of our orders and stock.  We are all a little envious as Lydia has an idyllic home - on a boat!

Charlie Britz

Charlie joins us to step into Lydia's wonder shoes while she leaves to have a baby in autumn.  Multi talented Charlie will keep us organised in the office and all our customers happy with their orders. 

the kitchen team...

fionn young

Fionn started out years ago as a Saturday girl in the bakery but joined us full time after leaving school. She is a brilliant baker and can often be found in the kitchen after hours making wonderfully decorated celebration cakes.

jen lombard

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!  To be found up to her elbows in dough mastering Richard's technique.

holly pietersen

Holly is with us on Saturdays in the bakery at the Kitchen looking after all our customers and their precious parcels of pastries.  Having just finished her G.C.S.Es she can now spend the summer baking and trampolining, hopefully not together.

our house chefs...

jenny chandler

Jenny Chandler studied Spanish and Catalan at Bristol and Barcelona Universities. After training at Leith's School of Food and Wine 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 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 Food of Northern Spain' was shortlisted for the prestigious Andre Simon award.

yolande stanley MCA

Yolande is of only 7 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).

valentina harris

Valentina is a much loved and noted authority on Italian Food and has written over 20 books on Italian cookery including the award winning Perfect Pasta. She appears regularly on television and has had her own series on BBC called Italian Regional Cookery.

monisha bharadwaj

Monisha grew up in Mumbai with her grandmother, many aunts and her mother who 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.

charlie digney

Charlie Digney is the owner of the King William pub and dining rooms and the Garricks Head Pub in Bath well recognised and respected for their fantastic organic seasonal cooking.
"...a gastropub to bring a tear to your eye, a pub so good that it is truly worth the hour and a half train journey from London just for lunch." Giles Coren, The Times

ghalid assyb

Ghalid was the founder chef of Ottolenghi the fantastic London bakery. He works as a chef and patissiere and teaches in London and at The Bertinet Kitchen.

claudine boulstridge

Claudine’s Anglo-French background and international upbringing, has provided her with a broad spectrum of culinary interests. Her professional training, at ‘Leiths School of Food and Wine’, enabled her to marry her passion for cooking with her love of teaching. When not teaching Claudine writes and tests recipes and is working on her first cookery book.

bernie plaistead

Bernie is an intuitive and well-travelled chef who began his career with renowned Adelaide chef Le Tu Thai at the Magic Flute before moving to Sydney to join the team at Christine Manfield's Paramount Restaurant. The travel bug took him to Paris and London via Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia and an eighteen months stint at the River Cafe, with its amazing seasonal Italian food. Returning to Australia in the late nineties he met up with Martin Boetz of Longrain and continued a love affair with Southeast Asian food.