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Meet Robert Pearce, the chef making magic in the kitchen of Garden Brasserie, our restaurant in Orsett. We asked him a few questions so that you can get to know him a little and get inspired before enjoying a delicious meal. If you are looking for restaurants in Orsett, then look no further! We have everything you wish for a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner.
What are the TOP 5 flavors a guest can taste at Orsett Hall?
"This is a tough question as it is so hard to only choose 5 flavours. For me fresh ingredients are paramount and this comes across in our dishes, I also like to shop locally wherever possible. Certain flavours work well with meat and others with fish. I think Plant based dishes will grow in popularity this year, my team also enjoy coming up with new ideas for Vegans and Vegetarians."
Which chef's do you consider a role model and why?
"The Chef’s I work alongside everyday are great role models, we have a great range of ages, characters and personalities. There are always new idea’s being thrown around the kitchen which helps us be innovative and ahead of the game."
If you could cook for one last time only, what would you cook for the guests of Orsett Hall?
"I would have to cook one of our Chef’s tasting menu’s. 7 courses of pure delight, starting from amuse bouche, then on to starters, fish course, then main course would range from beef fillet to lamb cannon. Our pre-dessert is a show stopper, a take on egg & soldiers, with vanilla panacotta and passionfruit gel remembering the egg and the French toasted brioche fingers mirroring the soldiers. Finishing with a rich chocolate indulgence."
What do you absolutely have to have in your kitchen?
"I really enjoy having a thermomix in the kitchen. I feel it's such a good machine in terms of an all-round machine. It blends, chops and cooks all in the same process, it can even make sorbets and knead bread for us. It's almost like having another chef that plugs in."
Why should people dine at The Garden Brasserie in Orsett Hall?
"We have such broad cuisine at the Garden Brasserie. You can enjoy traditional fish & chips whilst your dining guests tuck into a beef fillet rossini or a traditional cheese board instead of our signature carrot cake dish. The plant pot is made out of chocolate and the carrots look like they are growing out of the soil which is chocolate crumbs. Presentation is a huge part of what we do."