Unity cooks up a storm with masterchef Michel

Unity (left) and Chloe with Michel Roux
Unity (left) and Chloe with Michel Roux

A student got the chance to learn from one of the world’s finest chefs after a surprise visit to the resturant where she works.

Young chef Unity Monaghan (20) was thrilled to work with her culinary idol Michel Roux.

Unity Monaghan, a former pupil at Bearsden Academy, is studying for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Professional Cookery qualification at City of Glasgow College.

She also works part-time as a commis chef at Citation Restaurant on Glasgow’s Wilson Street.

And that was where she gained the opportunity to cook alongside French chef Roux, who oversaw her work and offered some invaluable words of advice.

Roux comes from a dynasty of chefs and restauranteurs and his London eaterie Le Gavroche currently holds two coveted Michelin stars.

He’s also famus for his television appearances on shows such as Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen.

Unity has been at City of Glasgow College for four years, having earned a series of qualifications in preparing and serving food.

A hot chocolate fondant with vanilla has become her signature dish.

Alongside Roux, she made desserts and starters, helping the superchef to cook and ‘plate up’.

Unity relished the chance to work alongside her superstar kitchenmate.

She said: “He was really professional.

“I helped to plate up and he told me to watch my fingers and make sure not to leave fingerprints.

“He would pick something up and place it on the plate and it sat perfectly.

“I learned a lot about presentation techniques from just watching him.”

Unity is set to graduate with a diploma this summer, then intends to study Hospitality Management at university.

She added: “The college course is really good.

“It’s coming up to exam time so it’s really busy. I left school at 16 and the only thing I liked doing at the time was cooking, then I found this course.

“I started at City of Glasgow College four years ago, working my way up and learning more and more each year.

“It’s such a good college course – all the lecturers are so helpful and supportive, doing extra-curricular things with the students such as field trips and competitions.”