Catering students have been busy collecting valuable awards in Scotland this summer. Three youngsters from Borders College picked up work experience as part of the Border Union Bicentenary Roux Apprentice Award. Paulo Neves from Melrose won a six-month apprenticeship at two-Michelin starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. Earlier in the summer six finalists had cooked for Albert Roux who was one of the first chefs in the UK to gain three Michelin stars. Paulo was the overall winner, but Roux was so impressed with the finalists’ calibre that he decided there would be two further scholarships. Lynn Frizzell, from Galashiels, and Andrew Thompson, from Earlston, won two-week placements at La Gavroche in London and Greywalls in Gullane, respectively.
Next it’s young chefs in the Highlands and Islands who have the opportunity to win another Roux-sponsored competition. Entries are open for the Young Highland Chef 2013, with work experience at La Gavroche on offer for the top student. The competition is organised by North Highland College UHI’s Burghfield training hotel and the Albert Roux Consultancy.