Three past national finalists have made it through to the regional finals for the 2006 Roux Scholarship.
Included among the 20 chefs to have made it through the paper judging are Leigh Myers (Wordsworth hotel, Grasmere), Alan Irwin (Chapter Two, London) and Robert Thompson (Winteringham Fields, Lincolshire).
The regional finals take place in London and Birmingham on 2 March where competing chefs will cook their submitted recipes, which have to be based around duckling.
The grand final will take place in London on 27 March.
This year’s winner will have earned themselves a three-month stage at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant of their choice in Europe, plus trips to Ay in France, Milan and New York.
The full list of regional finalists are: Leigh Myers (Wordsworth Hotel); Robert Thompson (Chapter Two); Alan Irwin (Chapter Two); Ethan Rodgers (Bailiffscourt hotel); Daniel Cox and Bradley Orchard (both of Compass Group); Ian Boden (De Vere Belfry); Vincent Fayat (Ockenden Manor); Armand Sablon (Orrery); Mathew Woolf (The Ritz); Alastair Dale (Claridge’s); Andrew Wilson (Ashdown Park); Paul Kavanagh (Montague Arms); Henry Vigar (The Greenhouse); Pravin Sharma (Courthouse Hotel Kempinski); Stephen Stevens (Plas Bodegroes); Andrew Parker (Winckley Square Chop House); Andrew Hales (Paris House); Lisa Allen (Northcote Manor); Elliott Moss (formerly of Entropy).
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By Joanna Wood