Acclaimed Australian chef Peter Gilmore will head the judging panel for the Roux Scholarship final 2019
The influence of the Roux Scholarship is truly global: the competition promotes British and British-trained chefs in all four corners of the world, and winners have undertaken stages in three Michelin star kitchens as far afield as Japan and San Francisco, and many scholars working abroad after winning.
This year’s competition sees us celebrate the Roux Family’s connections in Australia, with Australian chef Peter Gilmore appointed Honorary President of Judges for the 2019 competition. The acclaimed chef will lead the judging panel for the final on 1st April 2019, following in the footsteps of previous Honorary Judges Pierre Gagnaire, Anne-Sophie Pic and Michel Guérard.
Chef Gilmore is currently Executive Chef of The Quay restaurant in Sydney, included in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants five times, as well as Bennelong at The Sydney Opera House. With more than 30 years’ experience, both in Sydney and around the world, Chef Gilmore’s inspirational approach to cooking has won him many accolades. He was one of the first chefs in Australia to embrace heirloom varieties of vegetables and continues to work in partnership with artisan producers who cultivate produce exclusively for his restaurants.
Chef Gilmore said: “The Roux brothers were already legends in the industry when I started my apprenticeship in the mid-80s. It is such an honour to be asked to be Honorary President of Judges for this year’s Roux Scholarship. It cannot be underestimated the influence the Roux Family have had on the culinary world. The Roux Scholarship is such an important initiative for promoting and uncovering young talent within the hospitality industry. For a young chef to be able to call themselves a Roux Scholar means a great deal, not just in the UK but internationally.”
The six eventual finalists will test their skills, talent and creativity at the final at Westminster Kingsway College on 1st April, cooking a classic recipe in front of a panel of judges that will also include Alain Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Sat Bains and Clare Smyth. Patron Michel Roux OBE, who founded the competition with his brother Albert Roux in 1984, said: “We are fortunate to welcome Peter Gilmore as the 2019 Honorary President of the Judges. Not only is he one of the most exciting and celebrated chefs in Australia, he is as passionate as we are about promoting and encouraging young chefs. He is a long-standing judge in Australia’s Appetite for Excellence awards, Australia’s leading program to challenge and develop young chefs, founded by Luke Mangan. This is a great opportunity to share Peter’s passion, inspire each other and learn about the vibrant Australian food culture and cuisine.”
The Roux Scholarship’s connections to Australia don’t end there: the next educational trip will take place in 2020 in Australia, when scholars and judges will explore the country’s exciting food culture and cuisine. Although the Michelin Guide does not yet cover Australia, the scholarship is keen to learn from innovative chefs there, their techniques and approach to local ingredients. The Roux Scholarship educational trips have already explored some of the world’s best gastronomic destinations, including Dubai and the USA. To discover more about the Scholarship’s trips to California. This year’s winner will be invited to join the trip.