New dates set for 2020/2021 competition

After the 2020 Roux Scholarship was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Roux Family have set new dates for the competition to take place in autumn 2021: the regional finals will take place in London and Birmingham on 9th September and the national final will take place on 25th October.

The 18 regional finalists, as well as the first reserve, selected at the paper judging stage in March 2020 have automatically qualified as regional finalists for 2021 and will cook their recipes for hake, palourde clams and leeks in the regional cook-offs at University College Birmingham and at the University of West London on 9th September 2021.

The six most successful chefs will be selected to compete in the national final on 25th October 2021, when Honorary President of Judges Björn Frantzén, from three-star Michelin Restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, will lead the panel of judges. Details of the winner announcement or awards ceremony will follow in due course. The application process for the 2022 competition will open in November 2021.

Chairman Alain Roux said: “At last, we can look forward to choosing our 2020 scholar, I can hardly wait!  There was never any plan to cancel and give up on the talent we discovered in our regional finalists.  This year, more than ever, our 2020 scholar will represent the tenacity, resilience, stamina and forbearance that defines us as chefs.”

Co-chairman Michel Roux Jr said: “I am so excited to put dates in the diary for the Roux Scholarship, especially after such a dreadful past 12 months. It feels as if there is unfinished business to be taken care of and I can’t wait to get our regional finals underway. As the saying goes ‘the show must go on’ and as chefs we are ready to go!”

Pictured: Ben Champkin’s entry from the 2018 competition photographed by Jodi Hinds. Ben is one of the 19 regional finalists for 2020/21.