A CHEF who studied at The City of Liverpool College has returned to his home city to deliver a masterclass at the college’s award-winning The Academy restaurant on Duke Street as part of Visitor Economy Week. Liam Trotman, 31, from Wavertree, went to the college between 2001 and 2003 before moving to the south to work in high-profile restaurants, like so many top chefs from the North West. The talented chef worked alongside students to prepare a five-course tasting menu showcasing the food served at his and partner Ryan Simpson’s restaurant Orwells in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Liam and Ryan were on hand to give the students help and advice as they prepared the food ahead of the meal in The Academy for 40 guests. Liam said: “It is a privilege to be asked to return to my former college to help inspire the new chef talent in the North West. “My 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.” Liam honed in on his culinary skills by cooking dishes at Liverpool’s 60 Hope Street before moving to the South West working at Bovey Castle. He won a Michelin star with his chef partner Ryan when they worked at The Goose in Britwell Salome and opened Orwells in 2010, where the chefs focus on sustainability and excellent food in a picturesque setting. Liam is a beekeeper and has his own apiary, from which he sources the restaurant’s honey, and they also grow around 75 per cent of their fruit and vegetables. This ethos has seen them awarded a three-star gold rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association for ‘demonstrating an exceptional standard of sustainability’. Last year, Orwells was named Restaurant of the Year 2017 by The Waitrose Good Food Guide and gained 4 AA rosettes, placing Orwells as one of the top eateries in the country. Liam and Ryan have both backed the college’s partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, which is the gold standard for chef training in Europe, that aims to train young chefs to Michelin-star standard in the hope of keeping talented chefs in the north-west.