"Even after all this time working as a chef, it still excites me to know that I am making people happy and healthy through my food. Trying new ingredients and dishes, creating cooking, sharing and tasting is the most wonderful part of my daily life."- Ollie Timberlake
The food I make is often described as fresh, yet rustic and comforting yet, vibrant. I want to make plates that are beautiful and nourishing, that offer some sort of surprise but never stray too far from their origins. I don’t want people to be intimidated by my cooking. Instead I hope that it will bring people together and create an atmosphere that encourages conversation, comfort, and happiness.
I create food that I delight in making and take great pride in serving. I like using old and trusted recipes with a little twist here and a dash of spice there. I am influenced by the gastronomic culture of France and my English and Jamaican roots. It’s exciting for me to infuse my food with flavors from these diverse cultures since they have all inspired my cooking in some way.
My food is always sourced with love and consideration. I buy from local organic vegetable farmers, butchers and cheese mongers as often as possible. When the season is right, I pick from my own garden.
My husband is from a wine making family near Chablis. Good wine is part of our daily lives! Paring local wines and ingredients really connects me to the terroir of Burgundy. I love to take my son into the woods to forage for seasonal wild foods like berries, chestnuts, mushrooms, chives and asparagus. Nature is so abundant here. Collecting food in this way is part of the ritual of living in rural France. Partaking in these rituals brings us back to the earth in a profound way.
By the end of autumn, my cupboards are filled with homemade preserves, dried herbs, walnuts and garlands of dried fruits and vegetables. At any time during winter, I can open a jar and be reminded of the essence of the warmer months harvest. Since I create my own first-class ingredients, many of the dishes I prepare have their own signature flavour.
At the end of the day, cooking is an extension of my lifestyle. It’s a part of who I am. To wake up and wonder what I will create in my kitchen brings me so much joy-even if it’s just a simple cake for my family and friends. I hope that through my catering, cooking classes and chef insolite services I might be able to bring this joy into your lives too.