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Grand Master Albert Roux inspires the chefs of tomorrow

City College Norwich’s Hotel School was honoured to welcome back to its Debut Restaurant the grand master of cookery Albert Roux, owner of the 2-Michelin Star restaurant Le Gavroche, who visited the College on Thursday. Students on the Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery course worked alongside Monsieur Roux in the Debut Restaurant’s kitchen to prepare a 5-course meal, prepared with locally sourced ingredients for 45 members of the public. Diners enjoyed a pressed terrine of smoked duck, chicken and foie gras starter, a shellfish consume with crab tortellini followed by slow roasted fillet of millers beef before enjoying a glazed lemon tart with blackberry sorbet for dessert and petit fours and coffee.

Albert Roux’s presence and expert guidance provided a huge inspiration to the City College Norwich students, who demonstrated to the grand master their advanced culinary skills and honed their techniques under Monsieur Roux’s watchful gaze.

Lauren Goodyear, 17, a student on the Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery said: “I really enjoyed working with Albert Roux, he was very down to earth and has a great sense of humour”.

Steve Thorpe, Head of The Hotel School said: “The aim of the evening was to enthuse the students and give them the opportunity to talk to and work with someone of a high standing, and they don’t come much higher than Albert Roux. We are delighted that Albert Roux has come back to our Debut Restaurant. His presence has really inspired our students and shown that if they continue to work hard they can have a passionate career at the highest levels of the catering industry.”