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Highland Chef Competition

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


Hospitality Pupils were at the Burghfield House Hotel in Dornoch yesterday, taking part in the Highland Chef of the Year Competition. Mr Albert Roux and Mr Glen Watson from Albert Roux Consultancy were over-seeing proceedings, with chefs from all over the Highlands taking part.

Congratulations to Chef Victoria Edwards, a former pupil of Charleston Academy and her assistant for the day, Alexander Mackenzie (4L2), who won the competition this year.

All the other pupils taking part were given a real insight into cooking at this competitive level with some of the best chefs from across the highlands.


Albert Roux Dinner 2013

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

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.

Albert Roux Kitchen

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

UnknownOur ambitious plans to see a fully equipped, industry standard training and hospitality kitchen took a massive step forward recently. The City of Inverness Committee approved an award of £40,000 towards our over all costs.

BBC_SCOTLAND_CMYKTogether with contributions from Highland Council and our own fund raising it’s now hoped work on the kitchen project can be competed during session 2013-14. The news has drawn widespread media attention.

Read about our partnership with Albert Roux HERE or search for “Albert Roux” in the box above.



S3 Hospitality pupils get tasting lesson from Mr Albert Roux

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

Our S3 Hospitality pupils were enthralled to have a two  hour lesson on our sense of taste from non other than Mr Albert Roux and his assistant Mr Glen Watson. Both had flown up from London to visit Charleston Academy as part of their work with the school and the Chefs Adopt a School scheme. The pupils were asked to sample an assortment of jams, jellies, crisps, and vegetables. However, they did some of this blindfold, removing important visual cues about the food, and some of the jelly was strangely coloured and flavoured. Blue-coloured marzipan flavoured jelly? Red-coloured peppermint jelly?

The pupils received a valuable lesson about how our appreciation of food and our sense of taste is affected by our other senses and perceptions.

Mr Roux was in school to find out about progress towards the building of our Albert Roux kitchen which is progressing well, and to begin planning for our fourth Albert Roux Gala Dinner which will be held in September. On his arrival at school this morning, Mr Roux and Mr Watson were piped in by Euan Morrison (4L1) and greeted with a huge round of applause by our S3 Hospitality pupils.

Mr Roux also took time to catch up with his new apprentice. Rebecca Williams (5T2) is being employed by Mr Roux at Rocpool, his Inverness hotel and restaurant. This is a fantastic achievement for Rebecca who is Mr Roux’s second Charleston Academy apprentice. Former pupil Catie Granger has already been offered a position at one of Mr Roux’s Edinburgh hotels. As part of her training Rebecca will spend time in London working with Mr Roux’s son, Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche. Catie meanwhile, is being offered the chance to work in Paris.

Albert Roux Dinner 2012

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

Our annual Albert Roux Gala Dinner was held on 30th October 2012. Mr Albert Roux and his expert staff from Le Gavroche in London and Rocpool in Inverness spent the day with Charleston Academy pupils. Our Hospitality pupils were put through their paces by the world’s top chef, who advised, assisted, and praised the work of our Hospitality pupils as they prepared and then served a three-course dinner for over 100 paying guests. This year our guests included Provost of Inverness Alex Graham and important representatives from the hospitality industry from across the Highlands. And of course our food critics, the parents of the pupils themselves.

The Video of the 2012 Gala Dinner is now available. CLICK HERE.

Mr Chris O’Neill, Rector