The six finalists for the Roux Scholarship finals 2016 have been revealed.
The names were announced this afternoon after two tense regional finals at University College Birmingham and the University of West London, Ealing.
The finalists are:
- Ben Champkin, L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
- Harry Guy, Eden Hotel Collection, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire
- Paul Matthews, Fieldfisher (Vacherin), London
- Scott Dineen, Goldman Sachs (BaxterStorey), London
- Tim Peirson, Kensington Place, Kensington Church St, London
- Martin Carabott, the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London
Dineen, was in last year's final, while Guy competed in last year's regional finals. All the other chefs are new to the competition this year.
The six finalists will now go through to the national final on 4 April, which takes place at Westminster Kingsway College, London. The 2016 Roux Scholar will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London the same evening.
Competitors had two-and-a-half hours to cook their dish, along with a dessert from a mystery box of ingredients given to them on the day. The judges were looking for recipes and methods that demonstrated the best balance of creativity, taste, style and practicality in the finished dish.
There were a host of high profile judges at each regional final.
The judges for the Birmingham finals were:
- Michel Roux Jr
- André Garrett (2002 scholar)
- Steve Love (1997 scholar)
The judges for the London finals were:
- Alain Roux
- Andrew Fairlie
- David Nicholls
- Simon Hulstone (2003 scholar)
The Roux Scholarship is sponsored by a number of companies including Aubrey Allen, Bridor, Cactus TV, The Caterer, Direct Seafoods, Global Knives, Hildon, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, L'Unico Caffe Musetti, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, Mash Purveyors, Restaurant Associates and Udale Speciality Foods.