A talent for teaching
Michel has numerous affiliations with leading educational institutions around the world, not least of which is the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, considering it an honour to pass on his expertise to students and up-and-coming chefs.
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
Michel is a Fellow, Honorary Academician and Joint Chairman MCA Pastry Chefs. Michel is a devoted and active supporter of Royal Academy of Culinary Arts during its 35 year history in particular, 27 years of the Master of Culinary Arts programme and the Chefs’ Adopt a School that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015.
Michel worked with Professor John Huber to found the Master of Culinary Arts in Pâtisserie, the first of which was held in 1987. Both Michel and John were keen to ensure that pastry skills were preserved in the UK to prevent their disappearance in the future.
Michel has also been instrumental in many fundraising efforts during the Academy’s history, hosting events at The Waterside Inn over the years and drawing on his worldwide circle of fellow Chefs to create unique stellar events to the delight of all involved.
Culinary Institute of America
Michel’s association dates back to 1999 when he was invested into the Millennium Chef Hall of Fame. More recently Michel was invited to give the opening speech on graduation day in November 2014. He was also honoured with the title Ambassador of the Culinary Institute in recognition of his distinguished service to the food service and hospitality industry and for support of and contribution to culinary education.
Hotel School Les Roches
As a Swiss resident with his own home in the same town, Michel’s association with Les Roches was an obvious step. He is currently a visiting lecturer in food and restaurant trends at the school of hospitality and hotel management, which he hopes will enhance the school’s reputation as one of the world’s leading educational institutions. Michel’s lectures are designed to get the students to start thinking like professionals as soon as possible.
Visiting this prestigious seta of learning was a revelation to Michel: he taught culinary techniques to about 20 students in a master-class, before cooking dinner with them for 150 people.