The organisers of the 26th Roux Scholarship have confirmed the line up for the regional finals.
The regional heats will take place concurrently on 5 March at Birmingham College of Food and Thames Valley University. The contestants will cook their best end of lamb recipe as originally submitted and be asked to prepare a dessert from a list of ingredients given to them on the day. The best six competitors will be selected to go through to the National Final, which takes place at on 6 April at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London, followed by an awards ceremony.
"During a recession, kitchens will have quiet times, and chefs should use the extra time they have to their advantage - we certainly saw evidence of this in the standard and range of entries this year" commented Michel Roux, co-chairman of the judges.
The judging panel comprises Albert and Michel Roux, chairman of the judges, their respective sons Michel Junior and Alain, Brian Turner, Gary Rhodes, David Nicholls, Heston Blumenthal and Andrew Fairlie. Guest judge this year is Richard Vines, chief food critic for Bloomberg News.
The Roux Scholar will receive a three-month stage at a three-Michelin-star establishment, plus £5,000 cash, courtesy of the Savoy Educational Trust, which is to be used to enhance their culinary education. As well as numerous prizes from supporting companies, he or she will also receives a week's paid work experience in New York, courtesy of Restaurant Associates; an expenses-paid trip including travel and overnight accommodation to visit the wine cellars of Champagne Gosset at AÁ¿, and a trip for two to visit the Caffé Musetti roasting factory in Milan. The scholar will also become a member of the elite Roux Scholars Club, which meets on a regular basis for education trips and events, offers special privileges to members and forms a unique networking opportunity.
Each national finalist wins a cheque for £1,000 to further their education, a day's butchery course, courtesy of Fairfax Meadow, an engraved commemorative saucier from All-Clad, sets of knives from Global plus a year's complimentary membership of the Institute of Hospitality.
In addition to the aforementioned supporters, the Roux Scholarship is also kindly supported by a number of other companies including British Airways, Castello Monte Vibiano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, Direct Seafoods, L'Unico Caffe Musetti, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Winterbourne Charitable Trust and Yes Chef! magazine.
LIST OF REGIONAL FINALISTS 2009
Lisa AllenNorthcote Manor
Helene AndersenAmbassade de l'Ile
Jordan AnnabiLochgreen House Hotel, Ayr
Frederic AumeunierDevonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
Robert BarhamThe Stafford Hotel
Quinton BennettThe Westbury Mayfair
Jonathan CoatesKensington Place
Hrishikesh DesaiLucknam Park Hotel
Pramod GhadgeCompass Group
Chris GoldingNahm Restaurant
Liam HillThe Westbury Mayfair
Kyle JenkinsThe Westbury Mayfair
Cameron RutherfordChewton Glen Hotel & Spa
Stephen Stevens Juniper Restaurant
Matthew StreetThe Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne
- By Amanda Afiya
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