As we settle into the new session and prepare for the Albert Roux Dinner on 12th September, we are delighted to congratulate Gary Millard who has the opportunity of a lifetime – with the offer of an apprenticeship with Albert Roux Consultancy.
From S1 onwards, Gary has had a keen interest in food and from S3 onwards won local and regional competitions. He reached North of Britain Chef competitions on two occasions and was runner up in 2012. His passion for patisserie earned him ‘best sweet’ in the 2012 Scottish Final.
Mr Roux’s generosity to the Home Economics Department is never ending. He has already employed two Charleston pupils as apprentices to work at his establishments in London, Edinburgh and then France, (Rebecca Williams and Caitie Grainger).
They have now been joined by Gary, who starts at Mr Roux’s 5-star Inverness restaurant, Rocpool Reserve next month.
“It’s hard to take in,” said Gary. “To be taken on by a world class chef like Mr Roux is such a privilege. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“I will start off at Rocpool Reserve and hopefully he will move me around to some of his other restaurants later on.”
Gary has a particular interest in patisserie – Mr Roux’s own speciality when he was training.
“I’ve wanted to be a chef as long as I can remember,” said Gary. “My grandad used to own the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel at Achnasheen and my uncle was his Head Chef – so you could say it runs in the family. My granny used to do a lot of cooking with me as well.”
Until now, Gary has been working in the evenings as a chef in Corner on the Square in Beauly where I’m sure he will be missed.
Mr Roux will guide him and train him and get him qualifications on the way. Everyone is delighted for Gary. We are all very proud of him!
Miss Eilidh Matheson, Home Economics Department