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Albert Roux Dinner 2015

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum, Important Announcements, Personal, Wider Curriculum

Our Albert Roux Charity Dinner took place on Tuesday 15 September. After many years of using these dinners to raise funds to build a hospitality training kitchen, our Albert Roux Kitchen was officially opened earlier this year.

Therefore, our 2015 Dinner was on a smaller scale as we were able to use the new facilities in the kitchen, allowing many more of our students to work with the Adopt a School Chefs. This meant turning an adjacent classroom into a restaurant for the evening, something our students and Technical Department pulled off amazingly. To ensure as many students as possible were able to work in the new kitchen and to have the chance of preparing Michelin quality food with the world’s greatest chef we covered only 40 guests rather than our usual 100.

Special Guests

Cllr Helen Carmichael, Provost of the City of Inverness

Cllr Alex Graham, Inverness West Ward

Mr Andrew Benjamin, Fundraising Manager, Maggies Centre Inverness

Mr Ian Whitaker, Managing Director at Cawdor Castle

Mr Stewart Stirling, University of the Highlands and Islands

In Attendance

Mr Albert Roux, OBE and Legion d’Honneur

Mr Mike Mathieson, Executive Chef, Roux Consultancy

Mr Javier Dominguez Santos, Chef at Chez Roux Rocpool Reserve, Inverness

The video below shows some highlights from the evening. The photos and still images were taken by Liam Black (6S1) and Zarah Gollan (6S1) of our Higher Photography class.

Well done to all the staff and students in our Home Economics Department for making the evening such a success. Special Thanks to the many staff who assisted on the evening, behind the scenes, and in the run up to help with preparation. Proceedings from the evening will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Care in Inverness. Mr Andrew Benjamin has agreed to attend an assembly to receive the donation soon.

Professional Cookery Courses

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Curriculum

Charleston Academy now offers two qualifications within our Albert Roux Kitchen offered in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Professional Cookery courses are taught by visiting lecturers from the University on Tuesdays and Fridays. 18 Charleston Academy pupils are enrolled for the courses along with pupils from nearby Inverness High School. Our Albert Roux Kitchen offers the young people one of the best equipped training kitchens in Inverness.

On Friday the students were taught how to create salmon supremes using six freshly caught salmon. Some £400 of fish from Marine Harvest had to be cleaned, broken down, de-boned, filleted and prepared into supreme portions. Most of the portions were brought back to the University to be used in other courses. The students were able to prepare and cook their own in our state of the art steam oven, followed by a tasting lesson. Many staff were delighted to buy some of the supremes the young people had prepared.

Tables Turned on Top Chefs

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Curriculum, Important Announcements, Wider Curriculum

Several of the top chefs from Scotland and the UK are visiting our school today, taking part in lessons as part of the Chefs Adopt a School Programme. The chefs are being trained in how to bring an appreciation of food, cooking, and hospitality into schools.

Charleston Academy already has an enviable reputation with Mr Albert Roux, OBE our adopted chef. Mr Roux is passionate about extending the Chefs Adopt a School Programme to other schools, including more primary schools. He also wants to promote the “larder that is Scotland” – Mr Roux firmly believes that Scotland has the greatest natural ingredients for cookery in the world.

We are delighted to be able to host this event in our Home Economics Department. See the Guest List HERE.

Chefs Adopt a School Awareness Day

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements, Wider Curriculum

Some of the country’s top chefs are our special guests at Charleston Academy today, Thursday 21 May. Albert Roux OBE is showcasing the work of the Chefs’ Adopt A School Scheme. This awareness raising day will take place in our prestigious and award winning Albert Roux Kitchen. We are delighted to welcome so many prestigious chefs to Charleston Academy and thrilled that Albert Roux has chosen the school to showcase the work of this important charity and partner of Charleston Academy. Open the Programme below to view the Guest List.

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Rotary Masterchef Champion – Sweat, Blood but No Tears

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements, Important Announcements, Wider Curriculum

Congratulations to Ronan Melens who saw off very close competition from the other Inverness Secondary Schools (Inverness High School, Millburn Academy, and Inverness Royal Academy) to win the Rotary Masterchef Competition 2015.

Ronan had perfected his menu with the result that the judges said it was worthy of their own restaurants. Michael Smith holder of 3 AA Rosettes is Head Chef at the Three Chimney’s on Skye and  Cornel Uys Executive Chef the Glenmoriston Hotel, both commended Ronan highly for the quality of his food. His dessert in particular was said to be outstanding.

Highlights from the competition will be on BBC TV Alba on Wednesday from 8pm. The whole event was streamed live from our Albert Roux Kitchen and broadcast to a live audience of over 100 in our Hall. The chefs had to present each course to the judges in the Hall while ensuring their other courses were under control in the kitchen. It was an arduous trip from Home Economics to the Hall and with Ronan also cutting himself during his preparation there was sweat, blood but thankfully no tears when Ronan’s win was announced. The intense nature of the competition reflected the reality of the top class restaurant business which Ronan is considering making a career out of.

Watch Michael Smith of the Three Chimneys announce and commend Ronan’s win below.


Albert Roux Kitchen Logo

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Achievements

At the Official Opening of our Albert Roux Kitchen last month, Albert Roux OBE, judged the designs produced by S2 pupils for a logo for the kitchen. Three designs were chosen, created by S2 girls Chloe Bisset (2K2), Chloe Harrison (2L1), Teagan Cameron (2L1), Karys Urquhart (2K2), Kirsten Morrison (2L1) and Chloe Millard (2L2).

The designs included several elements that will now be included in the official logo for the kitchen: a classic chefs hat, a table setting icon, then name ‘Albert Roux Kitchen’ and a suitable style of lettering. Each of the girls will now work with graphic designers from Highland Council to finalise the logo for the entrance to the kitchen.

The girls all received their certificates from Art Teacher Mr Gordon Corrance who worked with all S2 on the many and varied designs. Well done.


Albert Roux Kitchen Officially Opens

Written by Charleston Academy on . Posted in Important Announcements, Wider Curriculum

Our Albert Roux Kitchen was officially opened by Chez Albert Roux OBE himself. Supporters of the project and those responsible for securing the funding that was required attended an informal opening ceremony at 5pm this evening.

Mr Roux and Hospitality pupils served refreshments and canapés from the new kitchen. They were assisted by Mike Mathieson who is a consultant chef to Albert Roux and the Albert Roux Consultancy / Le Gavroche in London. Also in attendance was Mr Roux’s former Chef Consultant, Glen Watson. Glen is now Director Chef at The Belfry Hotel, location of the Ryder Cup, where he oversees the work of sixty chefs. All the quality ingredients were provided by Mr Roux and Rocpool Reserve.

Afterwards, some fifty guests including Provost of Inverness Cllr Alex Graham, Director of Care & Learning Bill Alexander, retired PT of Home Economics Elaine Bremner and many of the schools’ partners were shown around the fantastic new facility. Also attending were SQA, Education Scotland, and UK Government Food Advisor Lyndsey Graham.

Our pupils put on an excellent reception. Well done to them and our Home Economics staff, janitors and technicians for all of their hard work setting up for today.

The official Programme for this evening’s event can be downloaded, as can the official joint news release by Charleston Academy, Highland Council, Albert Roux, and Education Scotland. The event was covered in the media, including the Press and Journal.

Download the official programme for the opening event.













Download the official news release.

Download the official news release.

Education Scotland Food for Though Press Release

Education Scotland Food for Thought Press Release