An Anglo- Indian brought up in Kerela and married to a Goan, Crescentia Scolt Fernandes is the founder of Bernardo’s – Delhi/NCR’s oldest dedicated Goan kitchen.
Having worked with the United Nations most of her life, Cres (as she is fondly called), used to love baking and pickling in her free time. Once orders for these started pouring in, she decided to leave behind the comforts of a 9-5 job and take a plunge into the world of food.
She initially started a pickling factory and the pickles were well received. However, it became difficult to keep up with the big brands. After the factory closed, Cres realised that over the years, she had a treasure trove of old family recipes from Goa.
She and her husband Cris set up Bernardo’s in Delhi to share the love of these family recipes with others. Over the years, they have moved over 6 times, yet the patrons of Cres’s food have followed them each time.
Cers’s culinary repertoire consists of authentic Goan dishes like Vindaloo, Cafreal and Bebinca as well as the forgotten treasures like Serradura and Pork Solantulem – made all the more special because the masalas are personally made by her and all the recipes are family secrets.
When she gets time off from her first love- the kitchen, Cres and husband Cris tend to over 40 abandoned and senior dogs on their farm.
They have set up the St. Bernard’s animal Welfare trust to be able to give these dogs a second chance at life.