Roux Scholarship 2023 entries open today
The Roux Family are delighted to reveal the details of The Roux Scholarship 2023, which see the most dramatic developments to the competition since its launch nearly 40 years ago. These include a new option for the star prize, a new-look final recipe challenge and the publication of a White Paper about women chefs and The Roux Scholarship. Entries open today with chefs invited to create recipes using a delicious range of ingredients.
New star prize option
The winner will have a choice between two star prizes: either a stage up to two months’ duration at any three-star Michelin restaurant in the world, or a bespoke programme of training opportunities tailored to the individual winner’s career goals and gaps in their skill set. If this latter option is chosen, the winner
will choose a number of short educational experiences, visits and stays in the UK and abroad to help their individual career development. Examples: learn Japanese knife skills in Tokyo; perfect the art of chocolate-making in France; it can also include business skills or anything that will help their career progress. These learning opportunities can be taken at convenient times in the chef’s work schedule in the year after winning the competition. More information can be found here: https://www.rouxscholarship.co.uk/about-the-competition/prizes/
The Roux Scholarship National Final 2023 will test the six national finalists’ skills in a different way. Rather than preparing a classic French dish inspired by such chefs as Auguste Escoffier and Marie-Antoine Carême, the finalists will be asked to prepare a key ingredient in their own vision. This product will be chosen from the UK’s incredible range of produce and will be served with accompaniments drawn from a set list of other ingredients. The chefs will be expected to draw on their classic French cuisine skill set but judges will be looking for how they bring their own interpretation to the dish. More information can be found here: https://www.rouxscholarship.co.uk/new-look-final-cook-off/
White Paper: women chefs and the Roux Scholarship
Following the Round Table discussion held on 13th October with some of Britain’s top female chefs and leaders in the hospitality industry, The Roux Scholarship with the support of the Institute of Hospitality, has produced a White Paper detailing the key points of the discussion, recommendations for the wider hospitality industry and its efforts to engage more female chefs in the competition. It can be viewed via this link: https://www.rouxscholarship.co.uk/womenwhitepaper/
Recipe challenge 2023
The Roux Scholarship 2023 competition invites chefs to create a recipe for four people using the following ingredients and criteria:
- A striploin of dry-aged Heritage beef (without bones), weighing between 800g-900g (maximum 1kg joint) cooked and served either whole or in multiple cuts.
- In addition, use one beef offal (not veal), either heart, tongue, or kidney; together plated with two simple or composed garnishes/accompaniments. One of them must include chicory (Belgian endive) and the other can be a garnish/accompaniment of the contestant’s choice. One of these can be served separately, if preferred.
- A sauce must accompany the dish.
Entrants have until midnight on Monday 31st January 2022 to submit their recipes via the online application system. For additional rules and stipulations, see https://www.rouxscholarship.co.uk/recipe-challenge-2023/.
Chairman Alain Roux said: “It’s so important to break down barriers in our industry and that is the driver behind our new ideas. The increased versatility and flexibility at every stage of the competition should increase the appeal to young chefs of all genders, backgrounds and ethnicities. We are keen to progress equality at every opportunity and hope our White Paper exploring ways to encourage more women chefs into the industry and to take part in The Roux Scholarship will be a positive stimulus to change.”
Chairman Michel Roux said: “I am thrilled to be launching the new-look Roux Scholarship with a new star prize option offering a flexible bespoke educational program. The final cook off itself has also been tweaked to reflect today’s cooking styles whilst keeping classic technique at its heart.”
What else is new for 2023?
- The star prize stage has been reduced to two months rather than three, so that it can be more easily accommodated by the winner’s place of work.
- As the first step of the application, chefs must register their entry via the website. If they meet the application criteria (eg. age, UK resident, correct qualifications), they will be sent the invitation to complete online the recipe application form. They will also be invited to complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.
- To compensate for the time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic, the age limit will be 31 for the 2023 competition only. Therefore, if a chef turns 31 on or after the 1st February 2023, they qualify to enter.
- The Roux Scholarship is delighted to welcome four new sponsors: Bragard UK, Elle & Vire Professionnel, Sources Alma, St Ewe Free Range Eggs.
- The 2023 competition will be the third time the Mentorship Award is offered as a prize. As well as the £6,000 awarded to the winner for their career development, an additional £6,000 is awarded to them on completion of 15 months’ service with their current employer after they win. Should they take up a new role in that time, the funds will be awarded to the original employer to help in the development of the remaining brigade.
The judging panel will remain the same for the 2023 competition and is as follows: Alain Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Brian Turner CBE, Sat Bains (Scholar 1999), André Garrett (Scholar 2002), Simon Hulstone (Scholar 2003), James Martin, Clare Smyth MBE, Rachel Humphrey and Angela Hartnett MBE. The Honorary President of Judges will be announced in due course.
31st January 2023: Deadline for applications.
9th March 2023: Regional finalists compete, each cooking their written recipe plus a mystery basket dessert recipe challenge. Regional finals take place at University College Birmingham and University of West London. Six national finalists shortlisted.
3rd April 2023: National Final at Westminster Kingsway College, London. Award ceremony at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
In addition to the two star prize options, the winner receives up to £12,000, to support their career development as well as a host of fabulous prizes from our sponsors.
The Roux Scholarship is sponsored by a number of companies, whose support is vital: Aubrey Allen Ltd, Bragard UK, Bridor (UK) Ltd, Elle & Vire Professionnel, Flying Fish Seafoods, Global Knives, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, L’Unico Caffe Musetti, Oritain, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Sources Alma, St Ewe Free Range Eggs, TRUEfoods Ltd, Udale Speciality Foods Ltd, Urbani Truffles UK Ltd and Wellocks. Their details can be found here: https://www.rouxscholarship.co.uk/sponsors/
Go to www.rouxscholarship.co.uk for more information about the Roux Scholarship competition and details of the long list of prizes, courtesy of our sponsors and preferred partners.
All images by Jodi Hinds