Michael Cruickshank has been announced as the chef that will take part in the 2017 Roux Scholarship. Cruickshank is a chef at the Michelin starred Bohemia Restaurant, located in St Helier, Jersey.
Michael Cruickshank will have to compete against 17 other chefs around the country in an even that will take place on the 23rd March 2017. Cruickshank will attend the event at the University of West London, Ealing, as one of the 12 finalists. Alain Roux will be on the judging panel for the event. There is also an even held at University College, Birmingham, where Michael Roux Jr will be a judge.
The Roux scholarship, named after the famous chef family, and celebrates talented chefs. The chef who wins joins a unique club, and their life and career will change. The winners will have the opportunity to visit any of the three Michelin starred restaurants in the world for a ‘stage’. The last winner and current scholar id Harry Guy, and is working in San Francisco’s Saison with Chef Joshua Skenes.
The Jersey winner Michael Cruickshank has worked in some of the UK’s most renowned kitchens including other Michelin starred restaurants like The Montagu Arms in Hampshire. Michael is one of the eight finalists that are from the outside of London.
The format of the competitions on March 23rd is as follows: the chefs will create a recipe to serve four people, as well as a dessert that they will have to create from scratch with ingredients given to them in a box on the day. The judges will be choosing the recipes which illustrate the best balance of creativity, style, taste and practicality. From the two regional finals, six chefs will continue on to the national final, held at Westminster Kingsway College, London on the 10th April.
We wish Michael and the other contestants the best of luck.