The Roux Scholarship has been postponed until autumn because of restrictions associated with the coronavirus.
The organisers wrote to those associated with the awards today to explain the situation.
They said: "It's with regret, but for all participant's safety, that we have taken the decision to postpone the remaining stages of the competition until the autumn. New dates will be confirmed in due course."
Earlier this month the regional finalists were announced for the Roux Scholarship 2020, with 18 chefs represented from across the country.
The chefs were selected having submitted a paper application accompanied by written recipe for a whole hake and grooved carpet shell clams.
They will cook the dishes they entered, along with a dessert from a box of ingredients given to them on the day, at regional finals which will be reorganised for later this year.
The chefs competing for the Roux Scholarship 2020 will be
- Ryan Baker, Corinthia, London
- Conor Bird, House of Commons, London
- Scott Braithwaite, L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
- Olivia Catherine Burt, Claridge's, London
- Benjamin Champkin, Roganic, London
- Michael Cruickshank, Bohemia, Jersey
- Oliver Dovey, BaxterStorey Fine Dining, London
- Julian Elkjaer, Whatley Manor, Wiltshire
- Jonathan Ferguson, The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Co. Durham
- Joshua Fulcher, Restaurant 22, Cambridge
- Oliver Marlow, Roganic, London
- Stephen McClarty, Restaurant Associates, London
- Christos Sidiropoulos, The Ritz, London
- Tobias Smith, The Leathersellers Company, London
- Caer Timberlake, Restaurant 22, Cambridge
- Curtis Tonge, Northcote, Lancashire
- Jac Webster, Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire
- Oli Williamson, The Greenhouse, London
The Roux scholarship is arguably the toughest chef competition in the UK it pits up and coming chefs in against each other for a prize that includes a three-month work placement at a three-star Michelin restaurant.
It was founded in 1984 by brothers Michel and Albert Roux.