Headshot of BBR festival director Vincent Hernandez

At the table with: Vincent Hernandez

Vincent Hernandez is the festival director of the BBR festival — otherwise known as the Bleu Blanc Rouge festival — that will be taking place in Sydney on 14-17 July.

Headshot of BBR festival director Vincent Hernandez

Who is your inspiration?
Shinsuke Nakatani, a Japanese chef mastering French cuisine in Paris.

What’s currently in your pantry?
Fresh herbs – parsley, garlic, onions, ginger; dried fruits; and about six different oils and as many vinegars! Then you duplicate that for Korean and Japanese wines, oils, spices, and you have my pantry.

What’s in your fridge?
Meat from the butcher, butter – a lot of butter, French jams, and veggies.

Best thing to come out of the microwave
The what?? lol Absolutely nothing!

What did you last eat?
I ate a fondue of French Emmental and two Cheeses from the Alps, melting slowly in Pino griggio, pepper and kirsch. Delish!

Where do you like to go out to eat?
Phamish. I would die for a Duck Pancake.

When I’m not cooking, I’m…
Working, working, and working. Cooking is just to relax.

Butter, margarine, a mix or neither?
Margarine? Butter only, and French salted butter.

Kitchen tools I can’t live without
A frying pan.

Cookbooks I always return to
The Kitchen Bench

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