A former Fulneck School pupil turned award-winning restaurateur has provided current students with his recipe for success.
Bobby Patel, owner of the famous Prashad Restaurant in Drighlington, was the guest speaker at the independent school’s recent ‘Ambition’ Assembly. During his address he encouraged pupils to follow their dreams just as he had done, and that through hard work and a desire to succeed then everything is possible.
He also spoke passionately about his family’s journey from humble beginnings and the important role Fulneck School has played in helping shape the person he has become.
He said: “My parents came to the UK in the 1960’s with very little and worked extremely hard to be able to send me to Fulneck. I am eternally grateful to them because the school has given me not only a strong education but a range of characteristics and life skills which have served me well ever since.”   
After university and a successful sales career in London, Bobby returned north to join the family business. He has since overseen Prashad’s rise from a small delicatessen to a Gujarati Vegetarian restaurant which now boasts two coveted AA rosettes and has a six month waiting list for tables.
Bobby explained that the real catalyst for success was the restaurant’s appearance on the 2010 television series ,‘Ramsay’s Restaurant of the Year’ hosted by Gordon Ramsey when Prashad finished as runner-up after competing against 15 restaurants from up and down the country.
“The programme raised our profile massively and within days we increased our staff numbers from seven to twenty five, he said.  “In truth we were incredibly nervous about taking part but we harnessed that fear, seized the opportunity and have never looked back.”
Fulneck School Principal Paul Taylor added: “Bobby‘s story should act as a real inspiration to our pupils and it was wonderful to hear how Fulneck School has contributed to his incredible success.”

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