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Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann.

Restaurant and hotel in town. United States,Greenwich

Thomas Henkelmann

Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann Greenwich 06830

My parents lived in the Black Forest of Germany and we always enjoyed basic, fresh food. When I was sixteen, I began a three year apprenticeship at a hotel in the region where I learned how to prepare basic French cuisine. From there I went to Geneva, Switzerland where, at the time, I found that nobody respected a German in the kitchen. The chef, who was French said, “Go home! You don’t speak French yet!” So in addition to learning to cook, I took French lessons three times a week. From there I went to Auberge d’Ill for 15 months. The Haeberlin family was so great!

The job of a chef is very physical so when I’m not in the kitchen, I try to stay in shape and cut down on stress by skiing, playing tennis, and going to the gym. You’re on your feet at work and have to be strong enough to do the job!

What was your most moving culinary experience?
My father made German food. His bratwurst? The best in the world! I should add, too, that working at Auberge d’Ill was extremely moving as well. It was there that I learned not to go overboard. How to make correct flavors, how to streamline, how to create sauces.

The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
During my apprenticeship, they threw me in the fish tank! It was: Welcome to the business!

Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Organize your mise en place. Don’t take too long to cook.

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