MEMBERS of the Borders business community were treated to a rare audience with celebrity super chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jnr. at their Kelso restaurant during the town’s Civic Week celebrations.

As part of their visit to the area, the multi-Michelin-starred chefs hosted exclusive breakfast and lunchtime events for invited guests at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course’s Chez Roux restaurant, which is approaching its first anniversary in the Borders.

Guests met the masters behind the UK’s first triple Michelin starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, while being treated to a selection of classic Roux dishes.

Albert Roux, OBE, KFO said: “From the day we arrived, we felt like the people of Kelso really opened their arms and welcomed us to this beautiful part of the world.

“We really enjoyed hosting the events and meeting once again all those familiar faces who have helped make out time here so enjoyable. We look forward to seeing them again many times in the future.” A number of local businesses, organisations and members of the community attended the events.

Kelso Councillor Simon Mountford said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Roux’s and experience the quality food they can provide at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.

“The Borders needs this type of establishment to showcase world-class local produce from outstanding Chefs. It is a real winning combination.” Since launching Chez Roux in the region, Albert Roux has also adopted his first Borders school through his pioneering Chefs Adopt a School initiative, a national charity formed as part of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Service.

As part of the programme, Kelso’s Sprouston Primary School pupils will receive hands-on cooking experience with their super skilled mentors.

Laura Young, founder of Scottish charity the Teapot Trust said: “I really enjoyed the event and the opportunity to dine with the Roux’s and hear about their passion for the Borders and Scottish produce. The welcoming atmosphere and high quality service made a great event.”