Roux Scholarship set for Autumn

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Roux Scholarship cooking competition set for Autumn

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The Roux Scholarship is to finally go ahead in Autumn having been delayed twice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The regional finals of the highly respected cooking competition will take place in London and Birmingham on 9 September and the national final will take place on 25 October. 

The 18 regional finalists, as well as the first reserve, selected at the paper judging stage in March 2020 have automatically qualified as regional finalists for 2021 and will cook their recipes for hake, palourde clams and leeks in the regional cook-offs at University College Birmingham and at the University of West London on 9th September 2021. 

The six most successful chefs will be selected to compete in the national final on 25 October, during which honorary president of judges Björn Frantzén, from three-star Michelin Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, will lead the panel of judges.

The application process for the 2022 competition will open in November 2021. 

“At last, we can look forward to choosing our 2020 scholar, I can hardly wait," says chairman Alain Roux. "There was never any plan to cancel and give up on the talent we discovered in our regional finalists. 

"This year, more than ever, our 2020 scholar will represent the tenacity, resilience, stamina and forbearance that defines us as chefs.”

Co-chairman Michel Roux Jr added:  “I am so excited to put dates in the diary for the Roux Scholarship, especially after such a dreadful past 12 months."

"It feels as if there is unfinished business to be taken care of and I can’t wait to get our regional finals underway. As the saying goes ‘the show must go on’ and as chefs we are ready to go!”

The regional finalists

Scott Braithwaite, L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

Jonathan Ferguson, The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Co. Durham

Oliver Marlow, Roganic, London

Curtis Tonge, The Bull & Bear, Manchester

Jac Webster, The Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire

Joshua Fulcher, Restaurant 22, Cambridge

Benjamin Champkin, The Newt, Somerset

Caer Timberlake, Restaurant 22, Cambridge

Ryan Baker, Maison Francois, London

Julian Elkjaer, Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

Oli Williamson, London

Conor Bird, House of Commons, London

Christos Sidiropoulos, The Ritz, London

Stephen McClarty, Restaurant Associates, London

Tobias Smith, The Leathersellers Company, London

Olivia Catherine Burt, Claridge’s, London

Michael Cruickshank, Bohemia, Jersey

Oliver Dovey, BaxterStorey Fine Dining, London

Connor Wilson, The Traddock, North Yorkshire

The Roux family has again postponed the 2020 Roux Scholarship regional and national finals, which were due to

take place in Birmingham and London in March next year.

A new date for the finals is yet to be set but will be ‘communicated in due course’.

“The health and welfare of our fantastic participants, as well as all stakeholders and guests, remains our highest

priority,” says chairman Alain Roux.

“With no end to the current limitations in sight and in view of the ongoing uncertainty, postponement is the only

safe option. We appreciate everyone’s brilliant support as we work through this. We cannot wait to find our

2020/21 scholar.”

“We are disappointed at having to delay, yet again, the finale of this year’s competition but we are all facing

unprecedented challenges,”

“We remain committed to maintaining the high quality and experience of the semi-finals, national final and award

ceremony. Our determination to see this competition through remains undimmed.”

The 18 regional finalists, as well as the first reserve, selected at the paper judging stage in March 2020 will

automatically qualify as regional finalists and cook their recipes for hake, palourde clams and leeks in the

regional cook-offs at University College Birmingham and at the University of West London.

The judges will be Michel Roux Jr, Alain Roux, Brian Turner, Clare Smyth, Angela Hartnett, Rachel Humphrey,

James Martin, Sat Bains (1999 scholar), André Garrett (2002 scholar) and Simon Hulstone (2003 scholar).

The six most successful chefs will be selected to compete in the national final, when honorary president of judges

Björn Frantzén, from three-star Michelin Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, will lead the panel of judges. There

will be no application process in 2021.

The regional finalists

Scott Braithwaite, L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria

Jonathan Ferguson, The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Co. Durham

Oliver Marlow, Roganic, London

Curtis Tonge, The Bull & Bear, Manchester

Jac Webster, The Angel at Hetton, Yorkshire

Joshua Fulcher, Restaurant 22, Cambridge

Benjamin Champkin, The Newt, Somerset

Caer Timberlake, Restaurant 22, Cambridge

Ryan Baker, Maison Francois, London

Julian Elkjaer, Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

Oli Williamson, London

Conor Bird, House of Commons, London

Christos Sidiropoulos, The Ritz, London

Stephen McClarty, Restaurant Associates, London

Tobias Smith, The Leathersellers Company, London

Olivia Catherine Burt, Claridge’s, London

Michael Cruickshank, Bohemia, Jersey

Oliver Dovey, BaxterStorey Fine Dining, London

Connor Wilson, The Traddock, North Yorkshire

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