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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 Moors.

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 ever since!  

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
Double Espresso  

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 here.

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