Pershore Patty meets Richard Wheatley ‘Dickie’, General Manager at Bolero Bar & Kitchen, Worcester 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.
I first started in a Kitchen at the age of 16. Became Head Chef at 21 then wanted to further my learning so moved into a front of house role.
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
I was the previous Head Chef at The Glass House, Worcester, where I cooked at Rosette level and also bringing Worcester it’s first Gin Festival.
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
We’ve had some changes to the team, Mahmut the General Manager has moved onto new pastures after 6 years with myself taking his place hoping to continue his good work & bring my own style to Bolero.
What makes your business unique?
I think that Bolero is a completely unique venue as it is one of the largest independent businesses in Worcester, and everything we do is tailored to our customers’ requirements, from beautiful multi-functional rooms, to fantastic food and incredible cocktails.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
Last thing you watched on TV?
Gordon, Gino & Franks Journey.
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
My Father – he’s been incredibly successful in business, he’s career driven and has always been there to ensure that he guided us in the right direction, gave us the best advice, and made sure we got the best education we could.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Crispy bacon, butter on both sides of doorstop bread, and a good dollop of ketchup.
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
Gordon Ramsey, I have the upmost respect for him as a businessman and chef but also, I think he’s hilarious.
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?
Pizza, hummus, steak.
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
I had a lovely Daddy and Daughter day, we went for a beautiful nature walk and spent quality time together.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
Farah Clothing Company.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Pepperoni, double pepperoni, and more pepperoni.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Car parking duty in the middle of winter, I think it’s self explanatory!
What was the last thing you ate?
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
A premium venue offering quality food and drink, Bolero Bar & Kitchen offers casual dining in pleasant surroundings. From brunch to dinner there is a wide range to choose from including sharing boards, open sandwiches, fish, steaks, pasta dishes and more. It’s a great place to meet friends for a drink with a huge choice of wines, champagnes, cocktails, gins, vodkas, beers etc. All in a casual and pleasant environment on Foregate Street.
The Foodie Card offer – 10% off food & drink bill (excludes Fri & Sat and food must be purchased).