Denis Rosembert has been catering for 30 years and was trained on the Creole French island of St. Lucia, West Indies. He has been in Norwich for 20 years and opened his current restaurant, Des Amis, in 1997, which he now runs with support from his wife and three children. The business then diversified by adding a holiday villa in St Lucia, followed by 2 apartments in Nice, France. Tasnim Morrison asked him some questions relating to BHM in Norfolk.
Question and Answer
- Q: What is your job title?
- I am the owner, proprietor and chef of Des Amis restaurant and guesthouse, Les Chateau Des Amis, St Lucia and apartments in Nice, France.
- Q: What are your responsibilities?
- It is my responsibility to make sure everything is in order and runs smoothly both in the restaurant and my properties abroad.
- Q: The best thing about your job?
- Being my own boss and being able to do my own thing.
- Q: Do you think it’s important for young people from ethnic minorities to learn their history?
- The best thing about BHM is that it gives black people, particularly young people, the opportunity to learn more about their history . Children of ethnic minorities need to know of positive opportunities and see what can be achieved by working hard and BHM is an opportunity for them to see that.
- Q: Is a sense of pride something you’ve tried to instil in your own children?
- Yes it is. I have taken them to St Lucia on several occasions to show them where I grew up and they have an active role in the business so they can see the importance of working hard and what can be achieved through hard work and determination.
- Q: How do you think BHM is perceived across Norfolk?
- I think that in general it has a positive reception but it needs to be advertised more widely.