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Chef Albert Roux to help launch Inverness school kitchen

Albert Roux
Image caption Albert Roux has previously worked with the academy in Inverness

A celebrity chef is helping a school in Inverness to open a kitchen where pupils studying home economics can learn catering skills.

French-born Michelin star-winning Albert Roux is involved in the project at Charleston Academy.

Highland Council is giving a £40,000 grant towards the £200,000 cost of creating the semi-industrial catering kitchen.

The school hopes to have it up and running by 2015.

Once open, it will be made available to all secondary schools in Inverness and also community groups.

The project will also tie into Charleston Academy's French and Gaelic language departments.

Mr Roux is part of a gastronomic dynasty.

With his brother Michel he opened Le Gavroche in London in the late 1960s and it became the first three-starred Michelin restaurant outside France.

Their sons, Alain and Michel, are also chefs.

Charleston Academy rector, Chris O'Neill, said the school had worked with Mr Roux over a number of years.

He said: "The new Albert Roux Kitchen will exemplify equal opportunities by bringing together different age groups and genders.

"Increasing numbers of boys now wish to pursue careers in hospitality and will embark on this pathway with their subject choices in school.

"Previously many successful people in the hospitality industry didn't consider it as their first career choice. As the industry contributes 21% of the Highland's economy, this can only be good for the north of Scotland."

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