As group chef ambassador Albert Roux OBE will support the work of The Clink Charity’s prisoner training scheme across all the restaurant – Brixton, High Down and Cardiff.
With three prisoner training restaurants currently in operation and a fourth due to open at HMP Styal in Cheshire in 2015, The Clink concept is expanding across the prison estate in-line with our plans to have 10 training projects running by the end of 2017.
As a respected industry figure, Albert will help raise the charity’s profile and champion our mission of rehabilitating prisoners through education to result in a significant reduction in reoffending.
Albert joins fellow chefs Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, chef ambassador for The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, Giorgio Locatelli and Antonio Carluccio OBE, both chef ambassadors for The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down.
Bringing to the role an infinite amount of knowledge and experience, Albert’s involvement will benefit the development of the prisoners training in The Clink Restaurants. He will dedicate his time and expertise to the trainees and act as a representative of the charity, helping to increase awareness of our work in prisoner rehabilitation to the hospitality industry and to the general public.
Albert commented on his appointment saying, “Having created the Roux Scholarship as a training scheme back in 1984, my brother Michel and I recognised that up and coming chefs needed training and support to build a successful career in the hospitality industry. I hold education and mentoring close to my heart and have had the opportunity to train and work with many well-known chefs. Perhaps the next big talent to break into the culinary world will be one of the trainees on The Clink’s dedicated training scheme.”
Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink added, “Having someone with over 60 years’ experience in the kitchen as part of our Ambassador Programme is incredible, but to have someone with the passion and dedication to improving standards and the skills of chefs is something that we value hugely. Albert’s achievements go without saying and what he can offer the prisoners in training is something you simply can’t buy – insight, experience and advice.”
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