A WORLD-CLASS chef is this month set to deliver a cookery masterclass in Alloa.

Award-winning executive Chef Billy Campbell will be preparing a four-course menu and will be sharing some top tips on the evening of Wednesday, February 23.

Since retiring in 2020, after five decades of practising the culinary arts in Scotland's finest five-star hotels, Billy has taken up residence at St Mungo's Parish Church Community Café.

The church's Bedford Place venue will host the cookery masterclass from 7pm on the night in what will be a chance to learn from the chef who has a wealth of experience

Billy told the Advertiser: “It's about sharing my experiences and also for people to have a bit of fun, it's going to be quite an entertaining evening.”

The four-course menu on the night will include everything from starter to dessert, but the exact ingredients will remain a secret until the event goes ahead.

To give an idea, however, the last time Billy prepared a cooking demonstration he made seared scallops, black pudding bonbons, a snow pea soup with chorizo, fillet beef wellington and hot raspberry soufflé.

And while it all may sound like fancy high dining, the chef reassured people they will be able to replicate his creations at home with some top tips on offer on the night.

Billy said: “The stoves I've got [here at St Mungo's] are like small camping gas stoves, the oven is a tiny wee portable one.

“But it just showing you can do these things – it's all about planning and preparation.”

Those heading along will have the chance to enjoy the meals at the chef's table with three lucky names pulled from the hat for each course.

A glass of wine or soft drink is also included along with recipes, a gift bag and a wealth of tips.

Billy previously cooked at places such as Glasgow City Hotel, Gleneagles Hotel, Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, the Balmoral in Edinburgh and Loch Lomond Golf Club.

He previously served the likes of Bill Clinton, Clint Eastwood and Princess Anne.

The chef is hoping to host an event at St Mungo's once a month and, indeed, he has secured award-winning French restaurateur Jean-Michel Gauffre for a wine-tasting event on March 22.

Tickets for the Chef Billy cookery masterclass are £10 and are available from St Mungo's Community Café.