The Roux Family are delighted to open the Roux Scholarship 2020 for entries, inviting young chefs to test their fish filleting skills by submitting a recipe using hake, clams and leeks.
Chairman Alain Roux said: “This year, the competition is showcasing MSC certified hake, a beautiful, sustainably sourced fish local to our shores in the UK. It is similar in looks and habitat to cod, its more popular cousin, but has a milder flavour, softer texture and smaller flake. A surprisingly underrated fish, hake finds its perfect accompaniment in palourde clams, a particular favourite of mine along with deliciously delicate leeks. As usual, we are setting a deceptively simple task, using three ingredients whilst testing core skills to the limit. The key to success will depend on precise judgement to ensure a subtle balance of flavours whilst taking care not to overcook any element. I can’t wait to see what our ingenious competitors produce for us this year”.
Chairman Michel Roux Jr said: “Hake is such a delicate fish, it needs the utmost care and attention when cooking so I’m really looking forward to see what the chefs come up with. Clams and leeks are the perfect accompaniment but there is lots of scope for bold flavours with the sauce and the second garnish.”
Entrants must be in full-time employment as a chef in the United Kingdom and be aged 22 or above, but
no older than 30 years of age on 1st February 2020. They have until midnight on Friday 31st January 2020 to submit a recipe to serve four people using:
One whole fresh MSC labelled hake, gutted, weighing anywhere between 1.6kg – 1.8kg (maximum 2kg) and 600g live whole grooved carpet shell / palourde clams (ruditapes decussatus); together plated with two ‘simple’ or ‘composed’ garnishes/accompaniments. One of them must include leeks and the other to be a garnish/accompaniment of the applicant’s choice. One of these can be served separately if preferred. A sauce must accompany the dish.
Up to two and a half hours’ cooking time is allocated at the Regional Final for cooking the dish, as the recipe originally submitted and a dessert to serve four people made from a ‘mystery box’ of ingredients given on the day.
Contestants must provide their recipe with a full and accurate list of quantities and cost of all ingredients used, omitting the cost of the whole fresh hake and live whole grooved carpet shell / palourde clams (ruditapes decussatus). The cost of the hake will be of £8.00 per kg and the clams £10.00 per kg. Both will be provided by the college to those successful in being selected to compete at the Regional Final. The full total costing of the dish, excluding the whole fresh hake and live whole grooved carpet shell / palourde clams (ruditapes decussatus), should not exceed £12.00 per portion.
Entrants are not allowed to use or bring any pre-prepared stock or sauce whatsoever for the fish, vegetable or garnish / accompaniment dishes and none will be provided.
The use of caviar, truffles or foie gras is not permitted.
The judges will look favourably at efficient use of waste and leftover ingredients during the course of preparation.
A maximum of two photographs may accompany entries, if applicants feel these will enhance their entry. This is not obligatory.
Full details of the competition, rules and the entry process are available on the website www.rouxscholarship.co.uk which entrants must read before entering.
Recipe ingredients announced and entries open – 12th November 2019
Closing date for applications – 31st January 2020
Regional Finals at University College Birmingham and University of West London – 19th March 2020
National Final at Westminster Kingsway College, and Awards Ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park – 6th April 2020.
Three-star Michelin chef Björn Frantzén will judge the final as Honorary President of Judges, and some of the country’s best chefs are returning as judges for the regional and national finals: joining chairmen Alain Roux and Michel Roux Jr are Clare Smyth, Sat Bains, James Martin, Simon Hulstone, André Garrett, Rachel Humphrey, Brian Turner and Angela Hartnett.
About the Roux Scholarship
In 1984, Michel Roux founded the Roux Scholarship with his brother Albert to enable a new generation of chefs from Britain to train in the greatest restaurants in the world. Not only has it become the industry’s most acclaimed chef competition in the UK with many scholars having gone on to win Michelin stars themselves, it ranks among the most prestigious competitions for chefs in the world. Since it was established more than 30 years ago, it has helped British chefs gain the international recognition they deserve. With many young chefs entering the competition each year, thousands have been inspired, and lives changed, by the experience of competing.
The winner receives £6,000, to support their career development and an invitation to cook and train under the supervision of a leading chef at a prestigious three-star Michelin restaurant anywhere in the world for up to three months. This is in addition to a host of fabulous prizes from sponsors.