Sitram is honored to welcome Master Chef Philippe Bertineau as an Ambassador to Sitram USA.
Master Chef of France Philippe Bertineau, is the Executive Chef at The Polo Bar in New York City. The Polo Bar is Ralph Lauren’s cozy and chic New York restaurants in Mid-town. It is one of Manhattans’ top eateries, serving seasonal American classics and Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites in a setting that pays homage to the sophisticated equestrian heritage of his world. Master Chef Bertineau development has focused on fresh and seasonal ingredients for the impressive menu.
Master Chef Bertineau comes from the central-west region of France, where he perfected his culinary skills on his family’s farm. Chef Bertineau grew up on a farm near Bordeaux, where he cooked family recipes. He found pleasure learning and cooking in the kitchen and was inspired by the restaurants in the Latin Quarter in Paris. His mother taught him the seasonality of ingredients and how food can be comforting. He now strives to pass the pleasure of cooking with seasonal ingredients onto his team, and guests.
He has over 25 years of prestigious culinary experience in NYC, where he worked for Daniel Boulud, Francois Payard, and Alain Ducasse. At Daniel, he learned more about NY kitchens and culture. Payard gave him the freedom to express myself in menu development, and at Ducasse, he was able to tie everything together and bring it to the next level. Chef Bertineau believes that knife skills, cleanliness, and organization are three skills that are most important in the kitchen. He also emphasizes, “love and passion for what you do best everyday.”
“You also must have an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a strong team and work ethic. I always encourage young chefs to strive to work for the best in the industry because they will learn an incredible amount from those experiences.”
Some of the best books I recommend to any chef are: the Alain Ducasse cookbooks, “The Flavor Bible” by Karen Page, and the Larousse Gastronomique. Although Master Chef Philippe has gained enormous skills and wisdom during his prestigious career, he emphasizes: “Learn your craft, perfect it, and then teach and share it with your peers.”