Liverpool Chef Wins Restaurant Of The Year

MEET Liam Trotman, a master chef who studied in Liverpool and went on to earn a Michelin star. Liam, 31, from Wavertree, and his partner Ryan 33, from Nuneaton, are two of the most up and coming young talented chefs in the country. Their restaurant Orwells, in Henley-on-Thames, Oxford, has just been named Restaurant of the Year 2017 by The Good Food Guide. It’s an impressive achievement, particularly because just over a decade ago Liam was a student at The City of Liverpool College. For years, the city has seen talent created in the kitchens of Liverpool’s biggest college lost to the south because of the opportunity to work with high-profile chefs in famous eateries. But The City of Liverpool College and The Art School’s chef patron Paul Askew’s partnership with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts means students will become chefs of Michelin-star standard and hopefully stay and grow the burgeoning culinary scene in the north of England. Liam said: “Ryan and I are delighted to have won the Good Food Guide 2017 ‘Restaurant of the Year’. “It’s a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in these last six years and what we achieved at Orwells. “I’m proud to have studied at The City of Liverpool College and it was a great grounding for me in furthering my successful career as a chef. “This initiative led by the college will really help encourage and increase chef talent and awareness from the north and Ryan and I are very happy to support this.” Liam studied at The City of Liverpool College from 2001 to 2003 and his partner Ryan studied at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. He became known cooking sumptuous dishes at Liverpool’s 60 Hope Street. Together, they gained their Michelin stars at The Goose in Birtwell Salome and opened Orwells in 2010. Orwells serve high quality food in a relaxed setting at the restaurant in picturesque Henley-on-Thames and Liam and Ryan are focused on sustainability. An estimated 2.4m people in the UK work in the hospitality and catering sector and The City of Liverpool College is one of the country’s leading providers of vocational catering courses, providing students the opportunity to complete national qualifications and work in the best restaurants. The City of Liverpool College was chosen by the Royal Academy due to its expertise and industry reputation. It is only the third college outside London to be picked to deliver the course. A total of 16 places are being offered for the new day-release programme which will see trainee chefs working at high-end establishments in the North West and budding chefs are being urged to apply for the training scheme. Liam’s former tutor at The City of Liverpool College, Executive Chef Ian Jaundoo, said: “Liam and Ryan are incredible chefs. Their commitment fuelled their talent and they deserve every success that the restaurant and their skill is achieving. “Being a chef of their standard is difficult to achieve but not impossible with hard work and dedication. The City of Liverpool College has trained some of the country’s best chefs who have gone on to work in restaurants that receive glowing reviews in the national print and broadcast media. “The college understands how important the industry is, not only to the economy but to the people who love food and dining in Britain. “They are two of the reasons why we are so proud to have partnered with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, which means the Michelin-starred chefs of the future will come from Liverpool and open up restaurants as successful as Orwells in the north.” For more information about the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts training scheme at the college visit: http://www.liv-coll.ac.uk/Royal-Academy-of-Culinary-Arts–Professional-Chefs-Diploma-c1005.html