Roux Scholar, Adam Smith of The Ritz, heads to Le Meurice, Paris with Yannick Alléno

Roux Scholar, Adam Smith of The Ritz, heads to Le Meurice, Paris with Yannick Alléno
The Roux Scholarship

The Roux Scholarship

Premium Supplier 10th September 2012

Roux Scholar, Adam Smith of The Ritz, heads to Le Meurice, Paris with Yannick Alléno

It’s five years since a Roux Scholar chose France as the destination for their stage. In Michel Roux’s opinion, Adam, has made a very clever choice to pick this remarkable three Michelin star establishment where head chef Yannick Alléno’s cuisine is celebrated in the Michelin guide for his ‘brilliant alliance of classicism and inventiveness’.
Michel Roux: “When Adam told me where he wanted to go I was delighted to see the pendulum swing back from recent visits to the USA, to the capital of gastronomy. Yannick Alléno is extremely creative and his food is innovative and exciting, this experience will take Adam’s cooking to a whole new level.” Adam, who surprised himself by winning the Roux Scholarship at just 24 years of age, in his first year of entering said from the start “if I win it’s definitely France” and named Le Meurice and the chance to work with the great chef Alléno as his top choice. “I was given his book a few years ago and fell in love with his style of food with his modern interpretations of the classics. I also wanted to go to a Palace style hotel, The Ritz is the last one in London and Paris is where it all started.”
This is more than just a cooking prize, it’s an experience and Adam will be living and working in Paris for three months, returning in early December to head up the kitchens at The Ritz for the Christmas season. He went on to say: “I’m excited, I’ve been where I am for 8 years and I love it but working in a different country, in a different kitchen, which has three stars is a dream come true and I know I’m going to learn so much.”
Meanwhile on the other side of the world - The Roux Scholars Club jet off to Japan.
Members of The Roux family: Michel Roux and Michel Jr are hosting the biennial culinary study tour to Japan where they will be joined by fellow chef and judge Brian Turner and 12 previous winners who all fly to Tokyo next week, courtesy of sponsor Virgin Atlantic Airways. The group that includes: Andrew Fairlie, Sat Bains Simon Hulstone and Steve Love will be met by Trevor Blyth, Roux Scholar 1996, who now lives and works in Tokyo at his restaurant: The White Fox. The excitement is building and the trip promises to be full of amazing food and cultural experiences, watch this space for more updates.

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