Our annual Albert Roux Dinner took place earlier this month. 100 guests, each paying £30 per head, were served a three course Michelin Star quality dinner in our school hall which had been especially transformed for the occasion. Over 100 pupils and staff worked hard all day, developing a detailed understating of the use of ingredients, food preparation and cooking. Then in the evening, they took over the school canteen kitchen, where Mr Roux and his team took charge and supervised the pupils cook, plate and serve a three course quality dinner with champagne, wine and coffee included.
Pupils gained a valuable insight once again into the art of fine dining and quality food preparation using Scottish ingredients, learning from the world renowned Mr Albert Roux himself. Front of house pupils were also put through their paces by staff from Rocpool in Inverness so that they were able to provide a first class waiter service to our guests.
Special guests this year included Mr David Haas (City Manager for Inverness) and his wife, Depute Provost Cllr Jean Slater, Mr Graeme Findlay (SQA Manager for Hospitality), and Cllr Helen Carmichael. Sponsors and representatives from the hospitality trade across the Highlands also attended. These included Mr Charlie Lockley (Chef at Boath House) who assisted in the kitchen too.
Our fourth annual dinner had a special status as we were able to announce that funding for our Albert Roux Kitchen is now in place. The state of the art catering kitchen should be completed during this session through the conversion of one of our existing HE rooms. Mr Roux is delighted to have the kitchen named in his honour.
We hope to have the kitchen completed for our next dinner, which will be a special Homecoming 2014 Dinner and our fifth such event.