Chef Nick Baker, The Merlot Brasserie, Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 14:36 07 January 2011 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 February 2013
Nick Baker at Merlot Brasserie believes in putting his whole heart into cooking
Name: Nick Baker
Restaurant: Merlot Brasserie
2a Ormond Terrace, Regent Street
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HR
Tel: 01242 574008
Tell us about your menu.
Eclectic Modern British, using only local seasonal produce
What initiated your interest in cooking?
My parents encouraged us kids to appreciate good food
Where else have you worked?
I spent 10 years in Queensland, Australia.
What advice would you give to a novice?
Be prepared to give up a lot, this is not a trade to be half hearted in!
What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?
I have just come back from Paris, where I had an amazing Cassoulet. Also sushi in Tokyo blew me away.
What is your favourite local ingredient?
Old spot pork belly
Who would your ideal dining partner be?
Dave Grohl, Uma Thurman, David Attenborough
Do you have a favourite place in the Cotswolds?
The Old Passage Inn at Arlingham is a beautiful spot with good food