The Roux Scholarship has named Harry Guy, the support and development chef of the Eden Hotel Collection in Stratford-Upon-Avon, as its 2016 winner.
Sponsored by Global Knives, the Roux Scholarship is a prestigious culinary contest which invites chefs from all over the UK to compete in a series of cooking challenges.
Harry beat five contenders in a highly competitive final, which involved three hours to cook an Escoffier-inspired recipe in front of the judges.
Three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire led the judging in a new role as honorary president of the judges. First-time chairmen of the judges Alain Roux and Michel Roux Jr were also joined by two more celebrity cooks – James Martin and Brian Turner – plus previous Roux Scholars Simon Hulstone, André Garrett and Andrew Fairlie
Alain Roux said: “We chose this dish because it’s technically challenging due to all the component parts.” Michel Roux Jnr added: “At first sight it could seem like this was a straightforward and simple dish. However there were a lot of potential ‘banana skins’ and Harry’s dish showed exceptional all round skills.”
As well as winning the Roux Scholarship crown, Harry received prizes from all of the sponsors, including knives worth over £1,000 from Global. He will spend six months working in a Michelin star restaurant of his choice to continue his scholarship.
Harry said: “It means everything to win! To be in close contact with the Roux family is invaluable and will really push my career forward, as it establishes you in the industry.”
David Grunwerg, director of housewares supplier Grunwerg and the official distributor of Global Knives, said: “The Roux Scholarship is now in its 32nd year, and as sponsors of the competition from the very beginning, we are very proud to have once again supported such a great event.
“The Roux Scholarship offers a chance that no other competition in the UK can: to help young chefs climb the ladder to their dream job, whether that is to be promoted to head chef, or to open up their own restaurant.”
l-r: Alain Roux, Harry Guy, Ben Grunwerg, Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Roux Jnr