25 Sep Team Talk with Eddie Berisha
If you’ve visited us in Hungerford and have looked over the counter towards the rear of the seating area, the chances are you’ll have seen Head Chef Eddie on more than one occasion. An Eliane team member since January of 2016, he brings with him a kind management style and incredible culinary skills.
Eddie trained as a chef straight out of school and he has worked in top London restaurants ever since. He’s worked for Conran family, Beach Blanket Babylon Notting Hill, K West Hotel and The Swan in Pangbourne, to name but a few positions he’s held. He notes that his biggest professional achievements were being voted Manager of the Year for K West and working alongside Allegra McCevdy.
Alongside creating culinary masterpieces, Eddie can be found in the gym, boxing, football or simply running. Anything active is a winner as far as he is concerned, though he also plays poker to exercise his mind as much as the other pursuits exercise his body!
When asked about what his thoughts are on the Eliane ethos, Eddie comments, “I love the food, the spices and the flavours. It’s fantastic as a chef to have the freedom to be creative with the weekly changing menu. Eliane is such an inspiration, and of course, Rafia looks after us all.”
“I see us growing and being very successful – in 5 years time, another 3 restaurants could open. The food is so healthy, so good for you and full of nutrients. The fact that we stick to offering food of a consistently high integrity will be our edge in a crowded marketplace.”
We asked Eddie what he thought we do that nobody else does in the local area. He responded quickly with, “The food, the service and the atmosphere are all unique to Eliane. We are completely different to anybody else through offering amazing food and drinks, all organic, and nutritious, adding at least another ten years on to your life!”
We’re not sure we can substantiate the claim at the end there, but we doubt it’ll be too far away!