Young Chef Sean Aims For Roux Scholarship

Young chef Sean Parkes is bidding for culinary superstardom with his entry for the prestigious Roux Scholarship.

The scholarship is the premier competition for chefs in the UK and is open to chefs aged between 22 and 30 who are in full-time employment. Judges include culinary greats Michel and Albert Roux and their sons Alain and Michel Jr.

Sean, aged 27, is Chef de Partie at Hotel La Tour Birmingham, and hopes to wow the Roux brothers with a main course of saddle of venison cooked sous vide with salt baked beetroot, braised beetroot leaves, Jerusalem artichoke puree, roasted Jerusalem artichoke and a port and orange jus.  

He said:

My dish is quite ambitious as I will also be making two different types of stock. I love venison as it's very lean with great flavour and I will be complimenting it with spices including star anise, clove and cinnamon.

Just 18 recipes have the opportunity to catch the judges’ eye; these entrants then go forward to the next stage of the competition where the youngsters have the opportunity to cook and present their dish, along with a dessert challenge using a mystery box of ingredients, at regional finals here in Birmingham and in London.

The Roux Scholarship is a prize worth fighting for: along with the prestige comes all-expenses paid, three-month stage at a three-star Michelin restaurant anywhere in the world, as well as a number of unique prizes all related to food and hospitality.

Adrian Colman, Operations Director at Hotel La Tour, said:

Sean is a very talented and highly motivated chef and it is great to be able to encourage him by supporting his entry for the Roux Scholarship. We wish him all the best and look forward to helping taste test his dish!

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