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Cuisine Updated: 31 Oct 2018

El Celler de Can Roca unveils Westminster Kingsway College as partner for Café Royal Pop-Up

El Celler de Can Roca has announced a partnership with the prestigious Westminster Kingsway College catering school to help with its forthcoming pop-up at London’s Café Royal.

The BBVA El Celler de Can Roca World Tour

Ten students from the college will work with the famous Roca Brothers across four nights at the pop-up in the Café’s Domino Room at the start of August. Two of these will then be offered a four-month internship at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, which has frequently topped ‘World’s Best Restaurants’ lists, as part of the restaurant’s partnership with BBVA.

Joan Roca, one of the three Brothers and Head Chef at El Celler de Can Roca said: “On our travels, the local crew is essential to the El Celler de Can Roca experience, and we’re delighted to be working with Westminster Kingsway College with its’ reputation for excellence among London restaurateurs.”

Picture of the Roca brothers with their suitcase BBVA

London will be the first stop of the BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca World Tour 2016.

The Westminster Kingsway College students will be working as part of a team of 35 from El Celler de Can Roca, who’ll be serving 60 guests each night an 18 course dinner, influenced by local cuisine. Alongside the students, Joan will be assisted by his younger brother, award-winning pastry chef Jordi, while wines will be chosen by brother Josep. The Brothers will also host a cookery masterclass at the College for students and media.

Gary Hunter, Vice Principal Hospitality and Adult Programmes at Westminster Kingsway College, commented: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Westminster Kingsway to work with one of the greatest restaurants in the world. I’m confident my students will add something to the El Celler de Can Roca experience.”

The Brothers’ visit to London and their work with local schools and colleges is part of the BBVA-El Celler de Can Roca World Tour 2016. For the month of August, the Girona restaurant will close and El Celler de Can Roca will travel across the world with BBVA to bring its cuisine to locations important to the brothers and the bank and to demonstrate our shared values: responsibility, innovation, commitment, a global outlook, leadership and the desire to excel. Now in its’ third year, the tour travels to Hong Kong, Phoenix, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile as well as London

El Celler de Can Roca on the BBVA World Tour at London’s Café Royal runs from August 2 - 5. For more details on the tour, click here.