Pershore Patty meets head chef Aimée Sealey at Holland House, Cropthorne to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.
Aimée: “I originally helped in the kitchen when I was at college training to be a chef. I have helped out on various occasions since, and when the opportunity came about to take on the role of Head Chef I grabbed it with both hands.”
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
Aimée: Being Head Chef and running my own kitchen at the age of 25.
What makes your business unique?
Aimée: “We pride ourselves in using local and homegrown produce to create our homemade meals. We do not have a menu and all our guests are made to feel that they are visiting the home of a very good friend.”
What’s your favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
Aimée: The Olive Branch in Worcester (my first position once I had qualified was here).
Last thing you watched on TV?
Aimée: Coronation Street
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
Aimée: “My Grandad, because he always worked hard to provide for his family and his future.”
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Aimée: “My time helping a friend organising her Christening.”
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
Aimée: “Home-made bread.”
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Aimée: “Cheese and Cucumber with Hellmans Mayo (childhood favourite).”
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
Aimée: “Nick Bryan because he was my college tutor and he taught me all I know.”
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Aimée: “Cheese, crackers, Lindt ball chocolates.”
What’s your claim to fame?
Aimée: I don’t really have one, but I was on Free Radio a couple of weeks ago showcasing my Afternoon Teas at Holland House.”
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
Aimée: “Roly Poly”.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Aimée: “If you’re not 60% happy in your work then you need to change something, because if you’re not at least 60% happy at work then you cannot be happy in life”.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
Aimée: “Eating nice food and drinking wine”.
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
Aimée: “I discovered the Arch Rivals mirco brewery in Worcester!”
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
Aimée: “Roly Poly”
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
Aimée: “In primary school I wanted to marry a boy who wanted to be a vicar – so I guess I wanted to be ‘The Vicar’s Wife’. Now I work in a Christian Retreat House!”
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Aimée: “Parma Ham, black olives and sweetcorn”.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Aimée: “Delivering the Worcester Journal.”
Aimée: “Dua Lipa”.
What was the last thing you ate?
Aimée:”Homemade bread with olive, sun-dried tomato and paprika.”
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Aimée: “Cook well for lots of people”.
What do you hope never changes?
Aimée: “My love life”.
Holland House on Main Street in Cropthorne has three acres of beautiful gardens which lead down to the River Avon.
There are 27 bedrooms at this retreat and hospitality in the form of breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea & cake and dinner.
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