Executive Chef Bertrand Bouquin has a lot of passion for what he does at this hotel. We sat down with him and were able to get some insight from the guy who oversees it all!
Q: Where were you born and when did you move to the U.S.?
A: Burgundy, France. I have always wanted to move to the United States. As a kid I heard about Cowboys, Indians and big Cadillacs. French Gastronomy was getting big in the U.S., so in 1997, when I was 27 years old, I moved to New York City. I had a job lined up as Sous Chef at Restaurant Daniel [Little to my (Caitlin’s) knowledge, that should be pronounced Danielle.)
Q: How did you end up at The Broadmoor?
A: I was a chef at the Maisonette in Cincinnati, where I worked with Executive Sous Chef David Patterson. When the Maisonette closed, Craig Reed called and offered me a job at the Penrose Room. In my time there, we made the Penrose Room a Forbes Five-Star restaurant. I then started running Summit and Penrose Room, and then moved up to being the executive sous chef.
Q: Describe your cooking philosophy in one sentence:
A: Never forget why you do your job, always do it for the guests
Q: Quintessential Dish?
A: Anything they want. I want to cook whatever will make people happy.
Q: As an executive chef, who do you look up to?
A: Chef Daniel Boulud. He is extremely talented and has high quality restaurants all over the world .
Q: Why do you love being a chef?
A: It is very rewarding and it’s also a challenge from the responsibility that I take. You can also make people so happy with food.
Q: Who is or was your biggest culinary influence?
A: My aunt in France. We cooked at home together a lot. She was a great chef and I was always in the kitchen cooking with her.
Q: Name your favorite restaurant. Do you have a favorite restaurant on property?
A: My favorite place to dine in the world is Restaurant Daniel in New York City, New York. On property, my favorite is Summit. I love the food, atmosphere, it has a great cocktail list and service, and it’s based on a style of food instead of a region.
Q: If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
A: Sushi, because it’s fresh, healthy, and has different flavor profiles. It is also comforting. (I think most of us can relate to that – if only my wallet could live up to it.)
Q: Are there any foods you don’t like?
A: Peanut butter. I don’t like the smell; I would prefer Nutella and Almond Butter. I also don’t like cinnamon. When I went to New York on vacation and stopped at a Cinnabon, the smell was too much. (I understand the cinnamon – but Peanut Butter?!)
Q: Would you ever do a cooking show?
A: No, because no one would understand my accent!
Q: What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
A: I would never want to sit behind a desk. I want to help people that don’t have as much as we do, and help people to have a better life.