The organisers of the Roux Scholarship have announced details for the 2012 competition.
Now in its 29th year, the 2012 Roux Scholarship is open to chefs working in full-time employed as a chef in the UK and aged between 22 and 30.
Entrants have until 30 January to submit a recipe for four people using two 400g spring chicken, 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.
Alain Roux commented: "Michel Jnr and I chose these ingredients because of the versatile way in which they can be prepared. Spring chicken can either be a very simple or very complex dish giving the entrants plenty of scope to show us their skill and knowledge. The ingredients are affordable and probably something that most people cook with at home.
"We added the veal heart sweetbreads as a bit of luxury. It's not an every day ingredient so again there is the potential for our entrants to impress the judges."
The regional finals will be held on Thursday, 8 March in both Birmingham and London. Judges include Michel and Albert Roux and their respective sons Alain and Michel Jnr, Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes, Andrew Fairlie, David Nicholls and James Martin from the BBC show, Saturday Kitchen.
The winner will receive a three-month stage at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, plus a number of unique
prizes all related to food and hospitality.
The current Roux Scholar, Mark Birchall of L'Enclume is currently completing his stage at the critically acclaimed, El Celler de Can Roca in Spain. Commenting on Mark's choice, Michel Roux Jnr said: "The Roca brothers are inspirational and their food as generous and warm as their heart. The cuisine is steeped in Catalonia classics but using modern techniques to evoke childhood memories. A truly exceptional dining experience."
Birchall said: "I chose it because they use unusual techniques but they still respect regional traditions and produce. It's run by three brothers who will be there the whole time which will be exciting and offer a great opportunity for me to learn and develop my skills".
The organisers also confirmed that TV food channel Good Food has 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 Roux Junior, in both the kitchens of Le Gavroche and the Waterside Inn.
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, go to www.rouxscholarship.co.uk.
By Amanda Afiya
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