About Me

Cookery School

In 2011 Barny re-launched his Cookery School as a Community Interest Company called  Square Food Foundation. Based in a community centre in Knowle West, Bristol, Barny and his team run a not for profit Food Education Programme where revenue is returned to a community fund which allows them to be able to work closely with schools, charitable organisations and local interest groups to promote a positive and engaging message about buying, cooking and eating food.

Local, Seasonal and Organic since 1988

In 1988 Barny opened Rocinantes, a tapas bar and restaurant with a pioneering and unpublicised local, seasonal and organic food sourcing policy. In 2000, he opened Quartier Vert, a restaurant, cookery school and bakery.

During this period Barny started working with local schools and low-income families and was a member of the steering committee for the Soil Association’s Food For Life partnership.

Eco Restaurant

In 2006 Barny opened Bordeaux Quay, a restaurant, brasserie, bar, deli, bakery and a ‘not for profit’ cookery school. It was the first food business of its kind in the UK to adopt sustainable systems in ALL areas of its operation including policies on food, water, energy, waste, staff education and customer awareness. It achieved international acclaim as the UK’s first ‘eco restaurant’ and was widely recognised for its contribution to sustainable development and environmental efficiency. Barny also took the unprecedented step of employing a Sustainable Development Manager to oversee these projects.

Achievements

Barny and his restaurants have been the recipients of countless local and national awards and commendations for their inspired cooking, commitment to food education and for supporting local and sustainable food systems.

Between 1998 and 2003 Barny was event caterer to HRH the Prince of Wales. He is a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts, on the committee of the Judges of The Soil Association’s Organic Food Awards, a teacher at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, Chef Ambassador to Slow Food UK, founder and director of the Square Food Foundation. He appears regularly at food festivals and conferences in the UK giving demonstrations and talks and is a consultant on sustainable food systems advising schools, restaurants, community centres and businesses.

Awards

Barny has achieved many awards for both culinary excellence and for his contribution to sustainable development and community food education.

In April 2016, Barny won the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Award for Local Food Hero. Please see the press page to read more

In July 2013 he won the Bristol Culture ‘Lifetime achievement award’ and his cookery school, Square Food Foundation, won ‘Best community oriented cookery school’ in 2012. Please see the press page for further details.

In 2006 he was awarded the Glenfiddich Food & Drink ‘Independent Spirit Award’ for his outstanding contribution towards widening the understanding and appreciation of food and drink in Britain and a Royal Society of Arts award for pioneering and innovative projects that benefit local communities.

Barny’s food has won many local and national awards including AA Rosettes for culinary excellence (Quartier Vert and B0rdeaux Quay various between 2001-2009), Taste of the West and Great Taste Awards.

In 2009 Bordeaux Quay came 37th out of 100 in the National Restaurant Awards.

Eco Awards

Barny was chef/proprietor of Bordeaux Quay restaurant 2006-2010.  Some awards achieved during this period:

  • First restaurant to be awarded a gold rating, Soil Association’s Sustainable Catering – 2010
  • Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, Sustainable Tourism Award, Silver – 2010
  • One of the top ten sustainable fish restaurants featured on the Fish to Fork website – 2010
  • Best ethical restaurant, Runner up – Observer Food Monthly Awards – 2009
  • Business in the Community, Eco Efficiency Award – 2008
  • Business in the Community, Eco Efficiency Award – 2007
  • Metro Food & Drink Awards, Restaurant of the Year Best Sourcing Award – 2007