Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our new pastry chef Hamid Serdani, who has already put his own stamp on our pastry offering, and is a hoot to have around the kitchen
And now in his own words;
I was born and raised in a beautiful village in Algeria (North-Africa), called Cherchell, which is situated on the Mediterranean sea, with a population similar to that of Corvallis. It is in this idyllic setting, that I was raised and taught a love for food from my mother and grandmother. Together, we would forage for mushrooms and snails, as well as various herbs for food and medicine. Every day we would visit the village market to buy fresh produce and walk down to the small harbor for the day’s catch.
As a young man I moved to the Champagne region of France where I fell in love with their cuisine, wine and my lovely wife, Maryna. We relocated to her hometown of Stellenbosch, in the heart of South Africa’s wine region. It is there where I graduated from the renowned Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) as ‘Chef par excellence’ and received the Wusthoff Achievement Award. The next 2 years I worked as full-time lecturer and instructor at the ICA, where I taught upcoming chefs the finer skills of baking, pastry-making and chocolaterie. In 2003, my wife, son and I decided to further broaden our horizons and settled in Oregon.
I love food! It is what I do best. I cook it, I photograph it, and, best of all, I eat it!