In Conversation: Pierre Koffmann

An evening delving into the life and work of Pierre Koffmann

This June, Pierre Koffmann – a genuine star of the food firmament – will spend an evening on stage at Borough Market being interviewed in depth about his life and work.

Pierre Koffmann, who this year celebrates 50 years as a chef, has for almost five decades been a true giant of Britain’s restaurant world. After working as a young chef in Strasbourg and Toulon, he arrived in London in 1970 to work under Michel and Albert Roux. When Pierre and his late wife Annie opened La Tante Claire in 1977, it was the start of a residency at the top of the London culinary world that would span four decades. Within six years, La Tante Claire would have its third Michelin star. After a short-lived retirement, Pierre returned to the kitchen at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, with a more relaxed, informal style based on classic provincial French cooking.

Interviewer: Richard Vines

Richard Vines, a graduate of the London School of Economics, has been a journalist for 38 years. He worked on newspapers in Manchester, London, Beijing and Hong Kong, where he was foreign editor of the South China Morning Post. He joined Bloomberg in 1995 as a business editor and became the restaurant reviewer in 2004. He is now Bloomberg’s chief food critic. 

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