Mark-Birchall-roux-scholar-2011-2Chef Patron, Moor HallAughton, West Lancashire.

Mark trained with brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca at El Celler de Can Roca, Spain

He won the 2011 Roux Scholarship age 29 in his fourth and final year of entry.

His version of the classic Veal Orloff, a boned and stuffed rack of veal, impressed the judges. Michel Roux Sr commented afterwards:  “Mark was a clear winner, his dish was excellent, well seasoned and the cooking of each ingredient was bang on.  After three previous times when his name wasn’t called he could have given up but his perseverance has paid off, he has honed his skills and shown great determination to succeed, this is what being a Roux scholar is all about.”

Mark was born in Chorley, Lancashire. Following training at Runshaw College he began his career working at The Walnut Tree Inn, Abergavenny with Franco Taruschio and then at Northcote, Langho with Nigel Haworth.

He joined L’Enclume in 2006, where he was working when he won the Scholarship. Rising to Executive Chef of Simon Rogan’s flag ship restaurant, Mark helped guide the team to five AA Rosettes, two Michelin stars and the UK’s best restaurant in the Waitrose Good Food Guide with a full 10/10 rating.

Mark was also named Cumbria Chef of the Year in 2014.

Now chef patron of Moor Hall, a 16th century listed manor house set in five acres of land in the village of Aughton, Lancashire. Mark will open his new restaurant with rooms in the summer of 2016.