Catering students inspired by culinary maestro Albert Roux, OBE

10 January 2014

Albert Roux and catering studentsGloucestershire College Catering and Hospitality students met French culinary maestro Albert Roux and his team at the launch of Fairlawne, a new fine dining restaurant which will open at Cheltenham Racecourse during this year's Cheltenham Festival meeting.

Students were given an insight into how the new restaurant has been set up at the Racecourse, and were talked through the £525 menu by Mr Roux. Dishes served at Fairlawne will marry high-end cuisine with a racing theme, such as whiskey and treacle cured salmon with Guinness soda bread.

Two fortunate students were also selected to assist Mr Roux’s team in the kitchen, as they produced the food that will be on offer to racegoers during the festival.

Level 3 Catering student Joshua Murphy, 19, said:

“I feel so lucky to be given this opportunity; things like this don’t happen every day. Just seeing how a team like this operates and the communication in the kitchen – I have learned so much in a short time."

Fellow Level 3 catering student Charlie Crote, 18 from Lydney said:

“I have learnt loads. It has been very exciting and interesting.”

Students took the rare opportunity to quiz the Mr Roux, father of Masterchef's Michel Roux Jnr and co-founder of London's Le Gavroche, on everything from his favourite dish to the working life of a chef.

When asked about what it takes to become a Michelin starred chef, Mr Roux answered with a single word – “determination”. He also spoke about the importance of food and its role in uniting us. He also left the students with some sound career advice:

“Catering is an extremely diverse profession; don’t just find a job, find where you fit in the industry.”

Student James Bartlett, 18 from Stoke Orchard, who is also studying a Level 3 Catering course said:

"I found it quite inspirational to listen to Albert Roux. Hearing him today definitely made getting to the top in this industry seem achievable.”

Gareth Crwys-Williams, Head of Catering and Hospitality said:

"To me, the Roux brothers were the ones who made so many people want to be a chef. For our students to have the opportunity to meet Albert Roux and his team is tremendous. We’re looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival.”

Before leaving each student also received a signed cookery book.

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