John Murray of the Connaught (now in Australia) Trained with Roger Vergé at Le Moulin de Mougins
John Murray is now living with his family in Australia, where he is running Sweet Sensation Patisserie, in Brookvale, NSW.
He says of the Scholarship: "Winning the Roux Scholarship as a young man working at the Connaught Hotel was an experience I wish every young chef could enjoy. It's only now, 25 years later, greyer and wiser I can really report on what winning the award has done for me. After I chose to do my 3 months at Moulin De Mougins Roger Verge, I was given the chance to stay for a further 3 years which I did and from there doors kept opening. The Diva, The Onassis family private yacht and villas, The Dusti Thani in Thailand, chef consultant in California, The Nikko in Sydney, Le Kiosk Sydney, a beautiful wife and four healthy children and for the past 8 years running 4 companies of my own.
The point I'm getting at is winning the Roux Scholarship is not just about the 3 months of technique, attitude and fine dining you will experience, its the confidence it gives you not only as a chef but as a person. A note to young chefs who are going to enter the scholarship, "If you are good enough, and I mean good because there is no luck involved on the day" to win its just the beginning of a long journey, the direction of your journey is up to you. Albert and Michel thank you for starting my wonderful journey."
1987: John Murray
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