Chef profile - Rupert Rowley, Fischer’s at Baslow Hall
PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 March 2018
Derbyshire Life’s Chef of the Year, Rupert Rowley of Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, answers questions on food and living close to the Peak District
How would you describe your approach to food?
Simple and straightforward. Great produce equals great food. At Fischer’s we take full advantage of all the great local produce and work with the best local suppliers as well as using seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs from our own kitchen garden – you can’t get fresher than that.
Tell us about your menu?
Our menus change seasonally so we can use the best ingredients from across the British Isles at that time of year, but they are also inspired by worldwide flavours from Japan and India. For the full experience, we offer a seasonal tasting menu. At the moment, we are working on our spring tasting menu, which will focus on flavours of new season lamb, Wye Valley asparagus, Jersey Royals and locally-foraged wild garlic.
What would you recommend about the local area?
The scenery is amazing. Padley Gorge is a great place to visit; my children love playing in the water. Matlock Farm Park is also a great day out as there’s lots for them to see and do.
What would you choose for your last meal on earth?
What has been your most memorable meal?
It was at Michel Bras, Laguiole in France.
Which dish on your menu would you most recommend?
My favourites change all the time but the tandoori quail with mango, lime and Ceylon sauce on our dinner menu is a current favourite. It reminds me of recent trips to India and Sri Lanka cooking with the Curry Life magazine’s Taste of Britain Festival team.
What advice would you give to a novice?
Keep trying, cooking is hard work.
Which chef is your greatest inspiration?
I am inspired by all chefs! There are so many talented people doing different things and I have worked with many great chefs over the years, who all share the same ethos of simple, fresh flavours, which is what we do at Baslow Hall. Every day is a school day.