BUDDING young chefs in Woking are being given a life-changing opportunity to win a highly coveted scholarship by the UK’s leading culinary institute.
Celebrating 120 years, Le Cordon Bleu London has established a worldwide reputation in the hospitality and gastronomy industry. Now in its fourth year, the Scholarship Award winner will be given an internship at Mayfair’s exclusive restaurant The Square, under the guidance of two Michelin-starred chef Phil Howard.
The aspiring chef will be trained at its exclusive London flagship for a Diplôme de Cuisine, followed by a three-month Diploma in Culinary Management. They will be taught classical and advanced culinary techniques, alongside management studies, over a 12-month period.
No previous culinary experience is required. All the scholarship programme asks is that candidates must show a passion for their region and the food that comes from it. A spokesman said: “We really want to shout about regional food and the rise in interest in cookery.”
Président of Le Cordon Bleu, André Cointreau, said: “The scholarship recognises UK talent and provides a wonderful opportunity to be part of the LCB alumni. The programme takes students on a cross-cultural journey that inspires excellence, innovation and enrichment to pursue their ambitions and a successful career.”
Executive Head Chef Adam Byatt, from Trinity restaurant in Clapham, said: “Young British chefs and dedicated floor staff will be what keeps the UK leading the way in global food and service excellence over the coming years.
“I believe that all industry leaders have a duty of care to mentor and invest in the talent of tomorrow. Working with LCB to continue its incredible culinary scholarship is an honour but, more importantly, the opportunity of a lifetime for the right person to be trained alongside the very best this industry has to offer. There is simply nothing like this scholarship for young aspirational chefs.”
Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship Award is open to candidates over 18 who are prepared for a life-changing experience, and includes accommodation in central London courtesy of LCB partner Urbanest.
Applicants are invited to upload a short video clip of themselves explaining their interest for cuisine and passion for their region. The closing date for applications is March 22.
Successful applicants will be invited for the semi-final at Trinity restaurant on April 7, which will be judged by star chef Adam Byatt. The finals will be at LCB London institute on July 1, where the winner will be chosen by a panel of world-renowned master chefs, LCB’s academic committee.
VISIT ukscholarship.cordonbleu.edu to enter or for more information.