Armand Sablon – Head Chef the Ten Room, Hotel Café Royal
Armand trained with Marc Haeberlin at Auberge de l’Ill in Alsace.
One of the finest restaurants in Eastern France, the Auberge de L’Ill, Illhaeusern, owned and run by the Haeberlin family, for more than 150 years.
When he won Armand was working in the brigade of scholar André Garrett at Galvin at Windows in the London Hilton on Park Lane and was the second Roux scholar to come from the brigade of another Scholar: the first was Matt Tomkinson who was working in Martin Hadden’s brigade at Ockenden Manor when he won. André visited Auberge de L’Ill himself and thoroughly approved of Sablon’s choice of stage.
Despite having a French name and parentage, Armand spoke “rusty” French, so the Scholarship provided him with an intensive refresher course through BS Interlenguas, in South Molton Street. The company prepared a bespoke one-to-one course, with strong emphasis on vocabulary needed in a professional French kitchen, so that he was able make the very most of the unique training opportunity.