DIT graduate wins prestigious Roux Scholarship


30th March 2010

Kenneth Culhane, DIT graduate in Culinary Arts, has won the presitigous 27th Roux Scholarship after a fiercely fought final cook-off at Westminster College in London on 29 March 2010. Six finalists were given the task of cooking a classic dish from the Escoffier era, and had two hours to complete their task in front of the judges. The judging panel included members of the Roux family ? Michel, Albert, Alain and Michel Jnr ? as well as Gary Rhodes, Brian Turner, Andrew Fairlie, David Nicholls and guest judge James Martin.

Following the announcement of the winner at the Awards ceremony in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kenneth Culhane said ?To win this scholarship is like joining a dynasty, I can?t believe it!?. Thanking his head chef and executive chef for their immense help, Kenneth said he was looking forward to planning the hallmark prize of the competition ? an all expenses paid, three month stage in a world-class restaurant. ?I?d like to go to Thomas Keller at The French Laundry but I am also a bit of a Francophile and I fancy going to Regis Marcon in south eastern France.?

The famous Roux brothers congratulated Kenneth on winning the scholarship. Michel Roux Snr, OBE, said ?Kenneth?s dish was really appealing ? to our great delight it tasted as good as it looked.? Albert Roux, OBE was delighted that Kenneth, who currently works for contract caterer, BaxterStorey at Barclays Bank, was an ambassador for contract catering. ?This goes to show that good food is everywhere ? Even scrambled eggs should be 3-star!?

Kenneth trained in DIT under James Carberry, who is himself a former winner of the Roux Scholarship and was present at the Awards ceremony to see his protégé succeed him. ?Kenneth majored in hot kitchen cooking as part of his training and had to practice Escoffier dishes every week. He was a First Class Honours student at college, and I knew he was good then so it is fantastic that Kenneth has won today.?

The Roux Scholarship offers the winner a career-changing opportunity: a three month stage at a 3 Michelin starred restaurant anywhere in the world, all expenses paid. The Scholarship is the premier competition for young chefs in the UK and ranks among the most prestigious in the world. Each winner becomes part of an elite club and is on a fast track to the top of their profession. The Roux Scholarship was founded by the Roux brothers of the Waterside Inn, to enable the winner ?to realise their culinary dreams?. So far 26 winners have travelled the globe as ambassadors of culinary excellence and gone on to great success.

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