The line-up for the regional finals for this year's Roux Scholarship has been announced.
There will be a total of 18 young chefs competing for a place in the finals, 13 of whom are entering the competition for the first time.
The two regional finals will take place on 8 March at University College Birmingham and the University of West London.
The challenge for the first stage of the competition, now in its 29th year, was for chefs to submit a recipe for four people using spring chicken and veal heart sweetbreads accompanied by a sauce and featuring two garnishes, one of which must be cauliflower-based and the other using a green vegetable of their choice.
In the regional finals each of the contestants will have two-and-a-half hours to cook their dish along with a dessert from a bag of secret ingredients.
A total of six chefs will then go through to the national final, held in London on 2 April, with the winner being offered a three-month stage at a three-Michelin starred restaurant anywhere in the world.
Judges will include TV chef James Martin, the inaugural Roux Scholar Andrew Fairlie, David Nicholls, Gary Rhodes and Brian Turner, who will be joined by brothers Albert and Michel Roux and their sons, Michel Jnr and Alain.
Michel Roux Jnr said: "We had the highest number of entries ever this year and it was great to see so many new faces from a wide range of different backgrounds. The 18 competitors we have selected are all strong contenders who have come up with some interesting recipes."
Brian Turner added: "I'm encouraged by the high number of entries we got from up and down the country. Most of them went with complex recipes this year and I'm a bit disappointed that very few opted for the simplicity of roasting the chickens. The recipes we've chosen, though, show a range of cooking styles and ingredients and are all ones I'm looking forward to tasting."
The 18 regional finalists are:
Competing in Birmingham:
â- Oliver Farrar, the Arch, London
â- Jing Wang, the Plough, Coton, Cambridge
â- Edward Attwell, Love's Restaurant, Birmingham
â- Christopher Rawlinson, the Red Cat Restaurant, Chorley
â- Vladimir Hromek, University Centre - Riverside Restaurant, Cambridge
(Judges will be Alain Roux and Brian Turner)
Competing in London:
â- Adam Smith, the Ritz, London
â- Pramod Ghadge, Catlin Underwriting Agencies, Harbour & Jones, London
â- Matthew Whitfield, the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu, Hampshire
â- Ilias Kariotoglou, Stoke Park, the Dining Room Restaurant.
â- Arbinder Dugal, Le Pont De La Tour, London
â- Quinton Bennett, the Arch, London
â- Jonathan Boyd, Coco Restaurant, Belfast
â- Kyle Jenkins, the Square, London
â- Mark Charker, Ockenden Manor Hotel, Cuckfield, West Sussex
â- Adam Thomason, Wykeham Arms, Winchester
â- Andrew Smith, Thackery's Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells
â- Nuno Goncalves, Galvin At Windows, London
(Judges will be Michel Roux Jnr, Andrew Fairlie, David Nicholls and James Martin)
By Kerstin KÁ¼hn
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