Olivier Certain came to England in 1998 with the intention of staying for two years in order to practice his English. But the Marseille-born Head Chef of Clavelshay Barn in the Quantocks never left.
Instead, he continued his culinary journey in the UK after graduating from the Marseille Catering School and having received training from La Bonne Tape Chateau Arnoux and Les Riches in Le Lavandou. He perfected his craft under chef and mentor Andrew Dixon in 2001 (3 AA rosettes) before moving on to become the head chef at Woods in Dulverton in 2006. It was here where he achieved two rosettes and the award of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011. He was also a South West Chef of the Year finalist in 2009.
At Clavelshay Barn, Olivier’s kitchen “produces country cooking with a contemporary twist,” and the menu is deliberately changed monthly to make the best use of the seasonal, locally grown produce. Under him, the venue received the award of Best Restaurant in the South West 2016 for Taste of the West.