Le Cordon Bleu London has announced the winner of the coveted Julia Child Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu. London native, Bianca-Tia Mesuria was the chosen candidate having beaten off immense competition with entry numbers for the prize at a record high this year.

As a global leader in culinary, wine and management education, Le Cordon Bleu London have a long standing reputation for providing aspiring Chefs and Food Entrepreneurs with all of the necessary skills for success. With a plethora of Diplomas and Short Courses on offer, Le Cordon Bleu London has carefully compiled this year’s Scholarship Award together with their esteemed partners.

Le Cordon Bleu alumna Mary Berry announced the winner at a stunning Champagne and Canape Reception at the world-famous school on Monday night.

She said;
“It is a joy to be here this evening to present the Julia Child Scholarship Award. Seeing the passion all the candidates have for food is wonderful, and I truly hope this is the start of an exciting careerfor each of them. Bianca-Tia Mesuria is a worthy winner, and starting her journey with Le Cordon Bleu, I am sure she is set for success!”

This year’s prize aims to provide aspiring food entrepreneurs with the essential skills for business success. The prize, worth over £40,000, includes a place on Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie, recognised globally as one of the most respected culinary qualifications in pastry and baking; a three month Le Cordon Bleu Diploma in Culinary Management; an internship at the iconic Savoy Hotel; and 12 months luxury accommodation provided by Londonist.

The uniqueness of this prize is the holistic view it offers the winner when it comes to education but also hands on industry experience. Le Cordon Bleu London have partnered with some of their hugely successful alumni (including Luiz Hara; Georgia Green; Dhruv Mittal and Evelina Ogorzalek) who, having taken the brave steps to change their own career paths, will now offer one-to-one mentorship of Bianca-Tia to share their own learnings and experiences in building thriving food businesses.

Bianca-Tia will also receive an exclusive prize from Churchill, the leading manufacturer of innovative tableware, as well as a 12-month membership with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and tickets to The Business Show.

Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu London, Chef Emil Minev, commented;
“We are always staggered at the quality (and quantity!) of entries for the Julia Child Scholarship, and this year was no exception. The uniqueness of this prize is that it provides a 360 view of the industry, highlighting the infinite possibilities of having a career in the food world.”

The standard of entries for 2019 was impressively high, and so second place and third place runners-up were announced as Kirsty Massa from Sandwich, Kent and Elizabeth Melia from Liverpool. Both will receive high-performance kitchen knives from Zwilling.