Professional Cookery student secures top job

Professional Cookery student secures top job

Former Professional Cookery student Christopher Cunningham is moving up the hospitality ranks, as he secures a career changing role at five-star Inverlochy Castle Hotel in Fort William.

Christopher will be working at the world renowned Albert and Michel Roux Jr restaurant at Inverlochy Castle, with the legendary father and son, taking the helm of the kitchen and offering the finest dishes using local produce.

Christopher previously worked for one of Scotland's most respected chefs, former Ayrshire College student Brian Maule, who trained under Michel Roux Jnr before opening his own restaurant Le Chardon d’Or in Glasgow.

Christopher was inspired to become a chef after Brian Maule’s visit to Ayrshire College, where he shared his expertise with hospitality students.

About his new role as Chef de Partie, Christopher said “It’s a different ball-game from anything I’ve done before. When I went for my trial, I realised that this opportunity is second to none. The staff are so knowledgeable, ask them any question and they know the answer.

“After three years, I will gain a certificate of merit from the Roux family, which will be a great accolade. There’s opportunities to work abroad with their sister hotels, so I feel like the world is my oyster.”

About his time at Ayrshire College, Christopher said “The support I received has been fantastic. I know that I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now if it hadn’t been for the college providing so many opportunities, like going to conferences, hearing speakers like Brian Maule at the college, and arranging for us to cook at the Scottish Parliament. It’s all on my CV and it has definitely helped me to stand out.”

Feeling inspired? Apply for our Professional Cookery and Hospitality courses, starting in August.

15 May 2018

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