Chulmleigh lad given apprenticeship with TV chef Michel Roux

Joseph Bulmer

Toby cooks up a career for himself

TOBY Mosedale, 16, has secured an apprenticeship as a chef after impressing top cook Michel Roux during a work experience week at his Le Gavroche restaurant in London.

The 16-year-old Chulmleigh Community College student grabbed his opportunity to shine following a chance conversation between his mother, Hilary, and Mr Roux’s business partner.

Mrs Mosedale, a trainer in the hospitality industry, said: “We met at a dinner at Claridges and he was saying how Michel was in favour of encouraging children to cook.

“Toby has been keen on cooking all his life and he was offered a day’s work experience at Le Gavroche. That turned into a week and he was told to apply for an apprenticeship when he was old enough.

“He’s just finished taking his GCSEs, including Food Technology, but the apprenticeship is not dependent on his results and he will be starting in October.”

“Micheel Roux is a seriously nice man - just as he is on the television - and he is passionate about the importance of teaching children how to cook.”

Toby has built up a reputation for his cooking locally, and was the youngest chef to give demonstrations at this year’s Devon County Show.

He was offered staff accommodation