Hibiscus Chef wins Roux Scholarship

The Head Chef at the two Michelin starred Hibiscus restaurant has taken top prize and walked away with this year’s Roux Scholarship.
 
Ian Scaramuzza, who runs the kitchen at Claude Bosi’s London restaurant won the award after beating five other finalists in a cook-off at Westminster Kingsway earlier this week.
 
Each of the finalists were given three hours to prepare ‘Turban of sole and salmon à la marinière’, with Scaramuzza getting the nod from the bank of judges which included Andrew Fairlie, Angela Hartnett, James Martin, Brian Turner, David Nicholls and Gary Rhodes alongside members of the Roux family.
 
Also making it to the final were Richard Pascoe from The Feversham Arms Hotel in North Yorkshire, Gavin Edney from Cliveden House in Berkshire, Sabrina Gidda from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Restaurant Associates) in London, Daniel Lee from JP Morgan (Aramark) in London, and Scott Dineen from Goldman Sachs (BaxterStorey) in London.
 
For his efforts, Scaramuzza will take home £6,000 and the chance to cook and train at one of the world’s three star Michelin restaurants.
 
Born in Glasgow, he previously worked at the Gleneagles Hotel under former Roux Scholarship winner Andre Fairlie and is set to spend three months in the kitchen at Benu in San Francisco as part of his prize.
 
Speaking about 2015’s winning Chef, Michel Roux Jr said: “Ian’s dish was straightforward, not too elaborate but the taste and technique won the day. He used the truffle superbly, it shined, and balanced well with the sorrel which can be quite tart. All the judges enjoyed it and we had a good feed.”
 
One of the event’s judges, Angela Hartnett also recently made the news after announcing that she is to open a second Café Murano in June.
 
Based in Covent Garden, the 140 cover restaurant will be headed up by Richard Lloyd who previously worked at Hartnett, Holder and Co as its Sous Chef.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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