Roux Scholarships announce six national finalists!
Last week The Roux Scholarship quarter finals took place in Birmingham and Ealing where 18 strong contestants competed against each other to get into the final 6 slots.
The challenge was to create a recipe to serve four people using, one whole fresh, gutted, weighing anywhere between 1.5 –1.75kg and 600g live whole cockles; together served plated and accompanied by two garnishes.
Martin Carabott, from The Royal Automobile Club, Ben Champkin- L’Enclume, Scott Dineen-Goldman Sachs, Harry Guy- Eden Hotel Collection, Paul Matthews- Fieldfisher and Tim Peirson-Kensington Place are the successful six who impressed the judges and successfully got through to the final stage.
Michel Roux Jnr, one of the Chairman and judge of the Roux Scholarship says, “We have two very strong finalists going through from Birmingham this year. A dessert can make or break a dish. We had two excellent desserts – well executed, beautiful custards and moist cake.
Alain Roux, also Chairman and judge adds, “I could tell the chefs in London had worked really hard and practiced and it showed in the quality of the main courses we tasted. There was a wide variety of different techniques used, one or two a bit too complex and I would have liked the mushroom element to stand out more in the flavour of the dishes. After comparing notes with my cousin I think we’ve chosen six great contenders for an exciting final!”
The finals take place on Monday 4th April and the winner will be announced in front of the judges, sponsors and guests at the Mandorin Oriental Hotel in London that evening.
Good luck to the finalists!