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Former student, turned Michelin star chef, returns for masterclass


A former catering student turned top chef has returned to the place where it all began to deliver a banquet worthy of his Michelin star status.

Liam Trotman, 31, who trained as a chef at The City of Liverpool College back in 2001-2003, will join executive chef – and former mentor at the college, Ian Jaundoo – along with current student chefs in training, to prepare a celebratory dinner at the College’s Academy Restaurant as part of the region’s Visitor Economy Week (6-9 Feb.).

Liam said: “It is a privilege to be invited by my former college to help inspire new chef talent in the North West. The College gave me an excellent grounding and played a key part in my success as a chef.

“The North West has a great pool of gifted young and aspiring chefs and I’m delighted to help play a small part in building this awareness.”

After graduating from his course at the college, Liam landed a Job at Liverpool’s award winning 60 Hope Street before moving south and earning a Michelin star in 2010 at The Goose in South Oxforshire with current chef partner, Ryan Simpson.

Later that year, the pair opened Orwells in Henley-on-Thames, and have gone on to win a string of accolades since, including 4 AA Rosettes, a cooking score of 7/10 Good Food Guide, a listing in the Michelin Guide, Good Food Readers Restaurant of the Year 2012, Editors Choice Restaurant of the Year 2017 and 3 Gold Stars in the Sustainable Restaurant Association as a sustainability champion.

Photo L:R – Chef partners, Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman

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