On 27 May 2021, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited Trinity Restaurant Clapham to mark the 40th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. The Prince has been the Academy’s patron since 1999.
The Prince and Duchess were met on arrival by Rosi Prescott, the Deputy Lieutenant for Lambeth, alongside Annie Gallop, Mayor of Lambeth. They then chatted with Adam Byatt, the Head Chef and owner of Trinity, and Richard Larkin, the General Manager of the Academy.
Trinity was opened in 2004 in Clapham Old Town, and has a Michelin Star and three AA rosettes. Mr Byatt was invited to join the Academy in 2007 as an Academician, and was named Imbibe’s Restaurant Personality of the Year in 2017. He has focused on future generations, including supporting and teaching in the “Adopt a School” program, the Academy’s charity that gives cooking lessons in primary schools.
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts was established in 1980, and is now Britain’s leading professional membership association of head chefs, head pastry chefs, restaurant managers and suppliers. The Academy’s main purpose is to provide further education and career opportunities for members, and to recognise current and upcoming hospitality professionals. It was granted the Royal prerogative by Her Majesty the Queen in 2013.
Trinity also holsted an outdoor reception for the couple, where they were able to learn about RACA’s work to sustainably source food, and to meet with apprentices and other members of the Academy.
Their Royal Highnesses also met with local suppliers, M. Moen & Sons Butchers and Moxon’s Fishmongers.