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 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
Kathleen is our bookeeper. She comes in and sorts the contents of our shoe boxes into nice neat organised colums while remaining smiley all the time.
the kitchen team...
our house chefs...
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.
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.