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World class chef to entertain at 2009 Williamson Foodservice Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

World class award winning chef Albert Roux, OBE, will address members of the food and drink industry from across the Highlands and Islands at the Williamson Foodservice Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards Dinner taking place at Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on 23 October 2009.

Albert Roux, a legendary chef who numbers Gordon Ramsay among his protégées, opened his restaurant Chez Roux at Rocpool Reserve in Inverness in April this year. His long and distinguished career includes running Britain’s first Michelin starred restaurant, and being the first to gain three stars in these worldwide restaurant awards.

As well as continuing to develop his restaurant portfolio, Albert Roux is a respected food consultant, academic and publisher. Through the Academy of Culinary Arts, Britain’s leading professional association of Head Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Restaurant Managers and suppliers, Mr Roux has also chosen to adopt Charleston Academy, Inverness, as part of the Academy’s ‘Chefs Adopt A School Scheme’. 

Albert Roux commented:  “I have a life-long passion for food, cooking and the hospitality industry.  It has been my life for the last 60 wonderful years and I take great pride in inspiring and supporting others who have a similar passion.  Therefore it is a pleasure to be invited to speak at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards this October.  We all know Scotland, and particularly the Highlands and Islands have a natural abundance of superb quality local produce. 

He added:  “I am looking forward to meeting and speaking to my Scottish colleagues in the industry, many of whom have been extremely welcoming and enthusiastic since the opening of Chez Roux at Rocpool Reserve.”
Hazel Gordon, chairman of the Highland & Islands Food & Drink Forum, said: “The opening of Chez Roux in Inverness has been a significant event for the Highlands and Islands food and drink industry, and we are delighted that Albert Roux has accepted the invitation to speak at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards Dinner. Like Mr Roux, the Forum is committed to raising standards within the industry and I know all our members will be looking forward with anticipation to hearing his contribution at the Awards Dinner in October.”

Gary Williamson, managing director of Williamson Foodservice and title sponsor of the event, said: “Albert Roux is established as a well-respected elder statesman of the food and drink industry in the UK and I am delighted that he has chosen to extend his business by opening Chez Roux here in the Highlands. It is great that Mr Roux has accepted the invitation to be involved with the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards in this first year of his Inverness-based business – as well as appealing to those working within the industry, I’m sure he’ll attract a wider audience of people with a particular interest in food and drink to the event.”

Entries are open for the 2009 Williamson Foodservice Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards until 20 July. The Awards, organised by the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scotland Food & Drink, celebrate the best of food and drink produced and served in the area. They are open to individuals, businesses and organisations throughout the Highlands and Islands. They aim to promote high standards by rewarding success in a wide range of categories including those for new products, partnership working, developing skills, encouraging healthy products and for the best eating place.

For further information on the Awards and full details of how to enter, phone 0845 838 2748 or visit