My friend from Angouleme called me at the beginning of the week if I'd be interested in joining him for lunch this week? While he is a nice man, his track record for food is spotty to be polite, but when he explained that this lunch is being held at a Restaurant trade school and it's their exam day, I signed up obviously. They usually but their best foot forward when it comes to grading the course.
The school is located in a park like setting on the western outside of Angouleme in St. Yrieix, and if you would not not know of it, you`d never find that place. I drove by the vicinity dozens of times on the way to the city, but never had an idea that there is great lunch to be had. For a very good price. We paid 12.00 Euros for the four course lunch, wine & coffee included. They have a new regular now....
So under the eagle eyes of teachers and professionals, the students put on a lunch show for about 26 diners today. A really nice setting with polite and attentive service. The food was fine, the Salmon being the standout today, but as I said, twelve bucks....I`ll be back.
We had a couple of chats with a teacher (who was just interested why I take so many pictures) and one restaurant owner who is part of the team who grades the up and coming restaurant staff. It`s not really a full on three year school, but more so where you can get a variety of industry degrees. All paid for by government, by the way.
So if you happen to be in the area, check it out, well worth it.
THE LYCÉE ST.JOSEPH L'AMANDIER
RIGHT NEXT TO THIS CHATEAU
THE EVENT CENTER
WHAT A SETTING FOR A TRADE SCHOOL
A GIANT CHERRY TREE
MY LUNCH BUDDY
A GREAT CONCEPT
IN THE DINING ROOM
ONLY HALF FULL TODAY
THE STUDENTS BEING TRAINED IN RESTAURANT SETTINGS
WITH REAL TASKS
UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF SUPERVISORS
AND INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
4 COURSE SET MENU
PLENTY OF DATES AND EVENTS TO CHOOSE FROM
MARINATED SALMON WITH PERNOD FLAVORED SAUCE AND TOAST
LE CHEF WENT TEXAS WITH HIS PRESENTATION HERE...
NOT OPULENT, BUT ENOUGH TO TEACH HOW TO PLATE THE CHEESE
THE APPLE CRUMBLE WITH RASPBERRY COULIS