Super college guest dinner a success

Food lovers recently enjoyed an evening of outstanding cuisine and conversation with Scotland’s National Chef at City of Glasgow College.

Gary Maclean was joined by top chefs Jean Paul Giraud, Garry Gill, Calum Montgomery, and Kenneth Hett for the event held in Scholars’ restaurant at the college’s City campus on Cathedral Street.

The evening saw the MasterChef: The Professionals winner play host as his guest chefs prepared a course each for those lucky diners able to secure a table.

The senior chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College said:

“The chefs who took part are close friends of mine, some I trained and others I started my career with. It was a great pleasure for all of us to share in an evening of food and friendship.

 “I’m positive that our diners enjoyed not just the food but the banter we all had together, and they also got a little insight into the secrets behind how the food they enjoy gets from the kitchen to their table.”

Jean Paul Giraud, who began his illustrious career cooking with Gary, kicked off the event in style by serving up his rabbit roulade.

Commenting on the evening Jean Paul said:

“The guest dinner was great fun and it was also a superb opportunity to spend time with other great chefs from the old guard, like I am, to the rising stars like Calum who I am sure will be a household name in no time.

“It was an evening of great food and great friends as well as being a brilliant advert for Scottish talent – I hope we can do it again someday.”

Next up, Head Chef at It’s All Food, Garry Gill, plated up the fish course – a delicate dish comprising of Hebridean salmon, Hendrick’s gin, and beetroot. He said:

“I was really happy with how my course, and the whole event, turned out.

“Being in the kitchen with such great chefs, all of whom brought something different to the evening, was a real pleasure.

“Gary brought us all together because we’re all friends of his and that’s what the evening felt like; cooking, eating, and laughing among friends in a lovely setting.”

Calum Montgomery, a former student of Gary’s at City of Glasgow College and winner of three AA rosettes, impressed both the diners and his colleagues with his main course of shoulder, loin, and salted belly of Mutton with Portree wild garlic.

Reflecting on the night, Calum added:

“It was great to bring a taste of Skye to Glasgow. We have some of the best mutton in the world and I was delighted to help raise the profile of Skye produce.

“I trained with Gary while working at One Devonshire Gardens. He is a really inspirational chef so I didn’t hesitate to accept when he invited me to cook with him.

“It was definitely worth the trip and a pleasure to share the stoves with Gary again.”

Bringing the night of top-class food to an end was Kenneth Hett, Curriculum Head for Professional Cookery at City of Glasgow College, who wowed attendees with his Rhubarb, Raspberry and Rose creation.

The guest dinner at Scholars is one of a series of events being held by Gary Maclean over the coming months. If you would like to attend Gary's upcoming party food demonstration, or for information on future events, please visit our webpage.