Alain Roux: “The Roux family is privileged to welcome three highly talented, respected chefs as new judges starting with the 2018 competition, Rachel Humphrey, Angela Hartnett and Clare Smyth. They are showing true leadership in giving their time and effort to inspire young chefs cooking in the UK, in particular more female chefs whose participation we hope to encourage.

The Roux family prizes Rachel’s talents as executive chef at Le Gavroche and is so fortunate to welcome her as Scholarship judge.  She is a highly skilled chef and in close synergy with the Roux spirit, vision, food and way of cooking.  I can’t think of a better fit as a judge.

It is fantastic to have Angela Hartnett return as judge.  Her status and following as one of the UK’s top chefs is well deserved and growing still.  But more than anything else, Angela is simply a brilliant cook.

The family is delighted to welcome Clare Smyth, the UK’s first 3 Michelin star female chef, as new judge.  Having excelled as chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Clare is at the top of her game and has proved herself on every level.  We feel particularly honoured that Clare has taken us on in the first year of the launch of her new restaurant, Core.”

The full list of judges  joining Alain and Michel Jr this year are: Sat Bains (1999 scholar), the first scholar, Andrew Fairlie, André Garrett (2002 scholar), Angela Hartnett, Simon Hulstone (2003 scholar), Rachel Humphrey, James Martin, Clare Smyth and vice chairman, Brian Turner.

A premier international guest chef will join the panel to judge the final; this name will be announced soon.