In 2013 the Roux Scholarship celebrated its 30th Anniversary and this special film was shown at the award ceremony. It contains excerpts from the 10-part TV series produced by Cactus TV that aired on UKTV’s Watch channel in June 2013. It documents the journey from the eighteen semi-finalists and the six chefs (Dion, Eddie, Kyle, Ollie, Paul & Tom) who reach the final and cook ‘Salmon Chambord style with Sauce Genevoise’ to one winner – Paul O’Neill, crowned the 30th Roux scholar. Featuring interviews with the Roux family, judges, competitors and their families it is a unique insight into the legacy that the Roux family have created.
The Roux Scholarship 2013 was broadcast over two weeks on Watch channel and was packed with real drama, tears and surprises as well as some of the most mouth-watering food to be dished up on British television. The shortlisted 18 contenders were followed throughout, as they tried their best to impress and to win the life-changing prize of a three-month apprenticeship at any three star Michelin restaurant in the world.
To appeal to keen foodies, Good Food also complimented the series with seven companion episodes focusing on master classes and recipes from the Roux family and the judges Rick Stein, Angela Hartnett, Brian Turner, James Martin, Raymond Blanc and Andrew Fairlie.
“I was honoured to be able to bring these series to television. The incredible reputation of the Roux family helped us attract amazing audiences, some of the best viewing figures ever achieved on the channel.” Said Amanda Ross, Executive Producer, Managing Director, Cactus TV.