There is just one week left to enter the 2012 Roux Scholarship, the prestigious cookery competition organised by the Roux family.
Now in its 29th year, the Roux Scholarship is open to chefs working in full-time employment in the UK who are aged between 22 and 30.
Entrants have until 30 January to submit a recipe for four people using two 400g spring chickens and 300g of veal heart sweetbreads and featuring two garnishes, one of which must be cauliflower-based and the other using a green vegetable of their choice. The dish should also be accompanied by a sauce.
The regional finals will be held on Thursday 8 March in Birmingham and London. Judges include Michel and Albert Roux and their respective sons, Alain and Michel Jnr, as well as Andrew Fairlie, the first Roux Scholar, Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes, David Nicholls and James Martin from the BBC show Saturday Kitchen.
The winner will receive am all-expenses-paid three-month stage at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world, plus a number of unique prizes all related to food and hospitality.
The organisers also confirmed that TV food channel Good Food had commissioned an exclusive new series from Cactus TV, which will see the four members of the Roux family working and cooking alongside each other on television for the first time. The 10-episode series will provide extraordinary behind-the-scenes footage of Albert, Michel, Alain, and Michel Jnr, in both the kitchens of Le Gavroche and the Waterside Inn. It will air across two weeks at 8pm starting on Sunday 29 January.
This year's Roux Scholarship will be filmed throughout the competition by the cameras "to provide a unique insight into what happens when some of the best young chefs in Britain compete against each other for the culinary prize of a lifetime".
For full details, see the Roux Scholarship website.
By Kerstin Kühn
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