We were delighted to host an evening here at Cross Lane House on Wednesday 25 August, where Olivier Certain, Head Chef of The Mason Arms in Knowstone, cooked a fantastic six-course tasting menu for our event guests.
Olivier came to England in 1998 with the intention of staying for 2 years to practise his English, but the Marseille-born chef met his wife Melenie in Somerset and has never left!
After graduating from the Marseille Catering School , and having received training from the Michelin starred La Bonne Etape , Chateau Arnoux and Les Roches in Le Lavandou, Olivier then perfected his craft under chef and mentor Andrew Dixon in 2001 (3 AA Rosettes) at Porlock Weir . He then moved on to become Head Chef at Woods in Dulverton in 2006. It was here he received 2 AA Rosettes and the award of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Olivier joined Clavelshay Barn Restaurant as Head Chef in May 2015, where under Olivier’s leadership, and partnership with Sue, Clavelshay Barn went on to receive numerous awards.
Olivier then moved to the award winning The Swan at Bampton as Head Chef in May 2018 and continued to produce food with flavour and flair, before moving onto join Mark Dodson at the Michelin-Starred Mason Arms in July 2020.
It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to work with Olivier and his Sous Chef, Billy Oglivy, for the evening. Their passion for working with local, seasonal and quality produce is inspiring and we wish them all the best for the season that lies ahead!
Billy Ogilvy’s Sourdough,
Miso and Seaweed Butter -
Chilled Watermelon and Ginger Soup
Black Treacle cured Salmon, Cumin Cream, Citrus Vinaigrette -
Holnicote Estate Rare Roast Loin of Venison,
Burnt Pear Puree, Hazelnuts
Slightly Salted Cod, Chorizo Crushed Potatoes, Heritage Tomatoes,
Cross Lane House Tomato Coulis
English Strawberries, Raspberry Puree, Burnt Butter Ice Cream, Basil Shortbread and Lemon Curd
We hope to host more evenings like this with other local based chefs - so if you're a foodie and love this kind of evening, do continue to keep an eye out for any upcoming events!
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