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QMU and Edinburgh New Town Cookery School launch Albert Roux Dinner

International hospitality students had their culinary skills put to the test yesterday (1 December) when Queen Margaret University celebrated its new training partnership with the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School and launched its plans for The Albert Roux Dinner 2012.

The reception, which was held yesterday at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (ENTCS), saw the University’s hospitality students cooking up a storm in the training kitchens under the watchful eye of Fiona Burrell, a former Queen Margaret graduate and Principal of the ENTCS. The reception was also a perfect opportunity for students to shape up their hospitality front of house and service skills. They served up a host of delicious culinary delights to an audience of suppliers and guests who had supported and participated in The Albert Roux Dinner earlier this year – an event which gained the reputation as the dining spectacle of the year.

The new partnership between QMU and ENTCS aims to educate students and ignite their passion for food and produce and develop their cooking techniques. All of the students’ training is under the direction of Fiona Burrell, who undertook her own culinary training at the former Queen Margaret College in the 1970s. The reception at ENTCS proved to be an excellent learning experience for the students who are preparing for their role in next year’s Albert Roux Dinner to be held at QMU. The event, which is set for 12 th May 2012, aims to top last year’s dinner with an even more flamboyant and entertaining gastronomic extravaganza. The Dinner will feature food prepared by young aspiring chefs from some of Scotland’s top kitchens, but will also showcase the University’s specialist areas of food, fashion and film.

Trevor Laffin, Head of Business, Enterprise and Management at Queen Margaret University, said: “We like to create interesting and inspiring opportunities for our hospitality students and we are delighted that our new partnership with ENTCS is allowing our students to benefit from such a high standard of hands on training. It’s also inspiring and challenging for students to take part in high profile culinary events which involve discerning diners, culinary experts, food suppliers and internationally renowned chefs.”

Trevor continued: “QMU is delighted to be working in partnership with Fiona Burrell in the education and training of our students, and QMU staff and students are all very excited about presenting next year’s gourmet dining experience – The Albert Roux Dinner 2012. We are also pleased to announce that HIT Scotland, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry, will be the charity partner of the next Roux Dinner along with QMU. We look forward to providing more details about the Dinner, including the celebrity chef involvement, in the New Year.”


Notes to Editors:

About Queen Margaret University

From its very inception, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has focused on providing relevant education and research, addressing real-life issues to enhance the social and economic well-being of all the communities we serve. We have expertise in health; media; communication; performing arts; social sciences; and business, management and enterprise. We have flagship areas of sustainable business, health and rehabilitation, and creativity and culture. As a small university, we aim to offer a community environment to our students in which they can fulfil their potential and where they need never feel lost in the crowd. A commitment to social, ecological and economic sustainability underpins all our work.


About The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers students of all ages and abilities access to first class teaching methods and top of the range cooking facilities during each class. The cook school was opened in 2009 and is run by the published author and former principal of world-renowned cookery school Leiths School of Food and Wine, Fiona Burrell.

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School offers professionals and amateurs the opportunity to study a number of courses from 1-day workshops to long-term diploma courses. The 6-month practical cookery diploma provides the opportunity to undertake training that will equip them with the knowledge and skills for a career in the food industry. As well as the classics, students are taught modern methods from experienced teaching staff all of whom have worked in many of the areas that students may aspire to work in.

The elegant Georgian building, which spans five floors, is filled with original features, making it a superb environment to learn in. The venue provides a fully equipped teaching kitchen and a demonstration theatre alongside a beautiful dining room, which is perfect for private functions or corporate events.

The Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, 7 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE, Tel: 0131 226 4314.


About Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland (HIT Scotland)
HIT Scotland is a Scottish based charity which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality Industry. Our Mission is to assist people to achieve their potential within Scottish hospitality. For the last 16 years HIT Scotland has helped those training to enter the industry and those already within, to realise their full potential. This is achieved through practical support; including bursary scholarships, Emerging Talent scholarships, industry events and the Emerging Talent conference.


For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, Email:



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