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Koffmann's at The Berkeley

Pierre Koffmann
Koffmann's at The Berkeley

Koffmann's at The Berkeley

  • Three Rosettes

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Wilton Place
Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7RL
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Pierre Koffmann

Pierre Koffmann was born in Tarbes in central Gascony, in South West France, in 1948. His mother was an excellent cook, but it was the school holidays he spent with his grandparents – peasant farmers who lived off the land – that left the greatest impression. The couple had a farm in the tiny nearby village of Saint Puy, and he spent many happy weeks there helping his grandfather Marcel harvest and hunt. His grandmother Camille did most of her cooking over an open fire, producing mouth-watering dishes, using every possible part of the animal, from the bounty offered up by the seasons.

It was here that he learned about the rhythms of nature – from hare and pheasant in the autumn, to melons and apricots in the summer. He remembers Camille’s jugged hare with particular affection, saying: ‘every time I cook a hare I try to reproduce what she was doing at the time, but I never did it yet, so I’ll keep on trying for a few more years.’ His appreciation of simplicity and of the very best fresh ingredients used in their entirety stems from these experiences has remained with him throughout his long career.

Pierre Koffmann