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Alex Thain is named Ramsay Scholar 2005

23 September 2005
Alex Thain is named Ramsay Scholar 2005

Alex Thain from Edinburgh's Etain restaurant was crowned Ramsay Scholar 2005 on Monday after a closely fought final staged at the Restaurant Show in London.

The skills of Thain and nine other finalists were tested in a cook-off over three hours, during which they had to cook a three-course meal comprising two compulsory dishes - a classic nioise salad and a chocolate tart - and a recipe created from a mystery basket of ingredients given to finalists on the day.

The main element of the basket was sea bass, which Thain matched with a fennel and a velout of shallots and garlic.

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