Roux Scholarship: Chef Hélène Darroze Named Honorary President of Judges for 2022 Competition
The Roux Family is delighted to announce that acclaimed French chef Hélène Darroze will lead the panel of judges for the Roux Scholarship final 2022 as Honorary President of Judges.
With her restaurant Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London holding three Michelin stars, and her three restaurants in France being highly acclaimed, she will bring her stellar experience to the competition. She said: “I am looking forward to discovering the young talent that can be found in the kitchens across Britain. It will be a great honour to be leading the judging panel at the national final in April.”
Chef Darroze is the fourth generation of chefs in her family, although she began her career working on the operational side of hospitality, working with Alain Ducasse at his three Michelin-starred Le Louis XV in the famous Hotel De Paris, Monaco. Ducasse recognised her potential and encouraged her into the kitchen. In 1995, she returned to her home region of Les Landes, when her father gave her the keys to the kitchen of the family-run, Relais & Châteaux affiliated restaurant in Villeneuve-de-Marsan. Eager to develop her own career, Hélène returned to Paris to open her own venture, Restaurant Hélène Darroze. The restaurant received international acclaim and was awarded its first Michelin star in 2001, followed by a second star in 2003. In 2010, Hélène brought her culinary prowess to London and opened Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, which was awarded a Michelin star just six months later, with the second following in 2011. After a complete refurbishment, the restaurant reopened in September 2019 and was awarded the ultimate three stars in the 2021 Michelin Guide.
Meanwhile in Paris, Jòia by Hélène Darroze opened in September 2018; and in July 2019 her flagship restaurant was relaunched as ‘Marsan by Hélène Darroze’ which is named after the capital town in her home region of Les Landes. It holds two Michelin stars. Most recently, in July 2021, she opened Hélène Darroze at Villa La Coste, in Provence, France, having been seduced by the opulence and diversity of the vegetables and fruit from the region.
Chef Darroze is no stranger to judging chef competitions, having been a judge on the TV French television series Top Chef (similar to the UK’s Masterchef: The Professionals) since 2015. We cannot wait to introduce her to our six national finalists.
Michel Roux Jr said: “Hélène is an icon of our industry, with her inimitable style she brings joy to every plate of food she creates. It is such an honour to have her joining the Roux Scholarship judging panel for 2022.”
Alain Roux said: “We are so fortunate to welcome Hélène as Honorary President of the Judges. Hélène’s mentorship is a very special gift to our Scholarship and the next generation of chefs who flow from it.”
Simon Hulstone, Michelin-starred Chef Patron of The Elephant in Torquay said on Twitter: “Chefs, I say it every year and every year I’m proved correct This competition will change your career! Don’t think, act…get your entries in!”
The judging panel will remain the same for the 2022 competition and the regional finals and national final will be overseen by: Alain Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Brian Turner CBE, Sat Bains (Scholar 1999), André Garrett (Scholar 2002), Simon Hulstone (Scholar 2003), James Martin, Clare Smyth MBE, Rachel Humphrey and Angela Hartnett OBE.
31st January 2022: Deadline for applications.
24th March 2022: Regional finalists compete, each cooking their written recipe plus a mystery basket dessert recipe challenge. Regional finals take place at University College Birmingham and University of West London. Six national finalists will be shortlisted.
11the April 2022: National Final at Westminster Kingsway College, London. Award dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
The winner receives up to £12,000, to support their career development and an invitation to cook and train under the supervision of a leading chef at a prestigious three-star Michelin restaurant anywhere in the world for up to three months. This is in addition to a host of fabulous prizes from our sponsors.
The Roux Scholarship is sponsored by a number of companies, whose support is vital: Aubrey Allen, Bridor, Flying Fish Seafoods, Global Knives, Hildon Natural Mineral Water, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, L’Unico Caffe Musetti, Oritain, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Restaurant Associates, TRUEfoods, Udale Speciality Foods, Urbani Truffles UK Ltd and Wellocks.
Go to www.rouxscholarship.co.uk for more information about the Roux Scholarship competition and details of the long list of prizes, courtesy of our sponsors and preferred partners.