Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor of 1 star Michelin, The Elephant, Torquay.

Simon won the Roux Scholarship in 2003 and along with Sat Baines and André Garrett joined the panel of judges at the invitation of chairmen Alain and Michel Jr.

“The Roux Scholarship is among the most challenging UK competitions for any young chef and is certainly the most rewarding. Winning the Scholarship in 2003 was a fantastic experience and my stage opened up many doors for me. Since then, I’ve reaped many benefits from being part of the Roux Scholarship family and would highly recommend taking part. I feel especially privileged to be judging alongside the likes of Andrew Fairlie, Alain Roux and Michel Roux junior in this life changing competition. I’m also looking forward to being on the other side and seeing what today’s candidates have to offer.”

Simon has been cooking professionally since his school days and is one of the UK’s most decorated chefs.

By his early teens he already had several World Junior titles to his name and until 2011, he was the only British Chef to win gold in the World Skills Awards. In 2003, Simon was awarded the Roux scholarship for young chefs and he went on to win the National Chef of the Year award in 2008.

Simon has twice represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most challenging and prestigious culinary contest. He is captain of the British team in the Culinary Olympics and was also captain of the English Culinary Team at the Culinary World Cup in 2010 and 2012.

Since heading up the team at The Elephant, Simon has brought his extensive influence of traditional and world cuisine to Torbay, putting the English Riviera on the culinary map. The Elephant was awarded a Michelin star in 2005 which it maintains today. Simon and his father, Roger (also a successful chef) recently took over Burridge’s tea rooms on the Torquay harbourside.

Simon’s talents make him a role model for many aspiring chefs. He takes his responsibility to nurturing young talent seriously, training chefs to Michelin standards and mentoring them to compete in national and international competitions. Simon also works closely with catering colleges, regularly taking on chefs for work experience throughout the year.

Outside of his restaurant duties, Simon has worked as an ambassador for some of the world’s best known brands, including British Airways, Electrolux, Kikkoman and Steelite. His highlights include working with Heston Blumenthal to create a menu for British Airways passengers during the Olympics and Paralympics and preparing a Team GB fundraising banquet which was attended by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

He is married to Katy, with three young daughters, Tansy, Cicely and Betony Melisse. He shares a love of his adopted Devon and its produce and has helped develop The Elephant’s dedicated farm, in Brixham.

Simon is a keen traveller and has dined at many of the world’s best restaurants.