A Starter for 10 with Andrew Pern of the Star Inn Harome
Posted Apr 28, 2015
Last week, we caught up with the very talented Andrew Pern, the
next victim of our gruelling Starter for 10 interview! You have probably heard
of Andrew, his name is synonymous with his pub. The Star Inn at
Harome, a Michelin-starred inn, dates back to the 14th century
and is situated in the picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire
Since acquiring the pub in 1996, it has consistently appeared
in a host of award lists for hospitality and Andrew’s cooking, including a
Michelin star, held from 2002.
Andrew is famous for his highly seasonal and instinctively
local food, which has made him very popular with industry professionals! As if
that wasn’t enough, he also has two acclaimed books under his belt – ‘Black Pudding
and Foie Gras’ and ‘Loose Birds and Game’.
Due to the success of The Star Inn at Harome, in autumn 2013 ‘The Star Inn the City’ in York was opened. Its brasserie-style
dining concept and superb location on the banks of the River Ouse, makes this a
‘must-eat’ destination in the historic city!
With so many accomplishments, we couldn’t wait to find out
more about the man behind the two Star’s! Read on to find out more…
Andrew Pern of the Star Inn at Harome
Andrew is famous for his local dishes
Hi Andrew. When did
you know you wanted to be a chef? When I was 8 years old, my mother was diagnosed with MS, so
I initially started out helping her in the kitchen - and I have been cooking
Very inspiring! If
you were able to cook for 4 people dead or alive, who and why? I have already cooked for many people who I admire greatly
and it has been a privilege to have cooked for many members of the Royal
Family. However, to date, I have not cooked for the Queen and some of the
younger members so that would be good to make up the 'full set'.
Very impressive! Who
has been the biggest influence on your life and why? This really is impossible to answer as there are so many
people who have influenced me in many different ways at different stages of my
life and career. If the question was 'what' rather than 'who', it would
probably be North Yorkshire, where I have lived all of my live and which has
inspired my cooking from the wealth of ingredients I have on my doorstep.
What are your
interests away from the kitchen? My main interests are sports, watching that is. I was a keen
rugby player in my youth, so ideally watching rugby.
Tell us something
about yourself that not many people know? For some time now, I have been working on a children's story
book in my spare time. Unfortunately, I do not actually get very much spare
time, but someday I actually hope to finish it.
Sounds great Andrew! Who
in the food world do you most admire? The Roux Brothers
The Star Inn Harome - a beautiful 14th century pub
One of Andrew's seasonal dishes
Best cooking tip for
a novice getting into the business Cook for the customer but it should be the food you like to
eat yourself; you need to eat well to be able to cook well!
We love that advice! What
are your favourite cookbooks? ‘Roast Chicken and Other Stories’ by Simon Hopkinson
‘The Mountain and The Chef’ by Emmanuel Renaut
‘Nose to Tail’ by Fergus Henderson
In the words of
Anthony Bourdain - what would be your death row meal? Grilled North Sea Lobster with English Asparagus, Jersey
Royals and Citrus Hollandaise
Grilled Black Pudding and Pan-fried Foie Gras with Pickering
Watercress Salad, Apple and Vanilla Chutney, Scrumpy Reduction
Pot-roast Grey Legged Partridge with Traditional Garnish
Apple Tarte Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream
Truffled Tunworth Cheese with Sourdough Bread
Great choice! Thanks
for your time Andrew, you truly are an inspiring chef, who keeps on surprising
us (good luck with the children’s book!) If you would like to know more about
Andrew and to try some of his local recipes, please check out his For Cooks profile