As if winning wasn’t enough. Every two years, the Roux family arrange a culinary educational tour taking a group of scholars on what can only be described as a gastronomic trip of a lifetime. 

Eleven past winners, including the first Roux scholar Andrew Fairlie, joined Michel Roux, son Alain and judge Brian Turner for the ultimate culinary tour of California.

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Starting in San Francisco they took in all the iconic sights and flavours from Fisherman’s Wharf to 3 star Michelin dining at Benu and Saison. A highlight of the trip was a visit to see current scholar, Harry Guy on his stage, cooking with celebrated chef Joshua Skenes at Saison – a world-class dining experience of open fire cooking, where local, seasonal produce is ’touched by the hearth.’

The best artisan bakeries, cafes and late night bars were all on the hit list. After San Francisco the chefs went wine tasting at some of the top vineyards in Napa Valley. They had a sneak preview a week ahead of opening, of ex Fat Duck Chef Kyle Connaughton’s new venture, Single Thread Farm, which stretches the boundaries of farm to table cuisine.

As if that wasn’t enough the amazing itinerary involved more 3 star Michelin magic at The Restaurant at Meadowood Hotel and Thomas Keller’s iconic French Laundry.

The eleven lucky scholars are on the trip were