How to Enter

Entries open each autumn, when the ingredients for the paper application are announced. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the postponement of the 2020 finals, the regional finalists selected for the 2020 competition will compete in 2021. This means the next time new applications will be accepted is in autumn 2021.


History of the competition

Find out how the Roux Scholarship began back in 1983 when Michel Roux OBE founded the competition with his brother Albert. Over the last four decades it has enabled a new generation of chefs from Britain to train in the greatest restaurants in the world. Not only has it become the industry’s most acclaimed chef competition in the UK with many scholars having gone on to win Michelin stars themselves, it ranks among the most prestigious competitions for chefs in the world.

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Competition overview

The Roux Scholarship is organised into three different stages, starting with the online application form which focuses on creating a recipe using particular ingredients. These applications are judged blindly to ensure complete fairness. From these applications, 18 chefs are selected to compete at the regional finals held in Birmingham and London. The most successful six chefs then go through to the national final.

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Example recipe

The first stage of the competition is to create a recipe with a given set of ingredients, which are revealed each autumn when entries open. The first round of judging sees the recipes judged blindly, so your recipe really needs to stand out to get noticed. It should be formatted clearly on a Word document (or other word processing file) with the costs included in a table at the bottom, and then uploaded as part of our entry form before the 31st January deadline.  Click here to see an example of how it should be presented.

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