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Loves Restaurant Chef Triumphs in Roux Scholarship, Birmingham

Chef Ed Atwell of Loves Restaurant Birmingham

Chef Ed Atwell of Loves Restaurant Birmingham

Ed Attwell, Sous Chef at the successful Loves Restaurant, yesterday won the regional finals of the Roux Scholarship held in Birmingham. He is now the only chef from the West Midlands to be selected to compete in the Roux Scholarship Finals in London at the beginning of April.

This prestigious competition was originally started by Michel and Albert Roux in 1984 to test the very best chefs in the industry with a rigorous selection of tasks, through a competition process. The winner each year is offered the exclusive opportunity to cook and train for a 3 month stage in any 3 Michelin starred restaurant in the world, arranged and guaranteed by the Roux Brothers themselves. Alongside a host of prizes and trips offered by the sponsors, the winner will also receive a £5000 cheque to seal the deal.

Eighteen chefs were selected to compete in the Regional finals, with the cook offs taking part in Birmingham and London yesterday. Only six chefs in total were chosen based on their ability to cook their dish on the day, and these six will now compete at the final of the Roux Scholarship to be held at the Mandarin Oriental in London on Monday 2nd April 2012.
Ed was selected to cook in Birmingham yesterday after submitting his paper which was to cook a dish based on Poussin and sweetbreads.

Ed is well versed in the art of competition cooking, having already competed in the Junior Chef of the Year and the British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year competitions. This time, however, he follows in the footsteps of his mentor Steve Love, Head Chef at Loves Restaurant. Steve won this very competition in 1997 and knows exactly what Ed is going through.
Steve says, “For me, this was the biggest competition in the country and the most prestigious. I have always admired the Roux brothers and to win it was like a dream come true. To win opened so many doors and I have never looked back.”

Ed, who was born and raised in Northern Ireland, comes from a family in hospitality as his parents own a café in the Belfast area, commented, “I was around cooking for as long as I can remember, it is all I have ever wanted to do”. His mother came over to support him during this stage of the competition and will now return with her husband to support Ed when he competes in London in April.
Ed has worked with Steve Love at Loves Restaurant since it opened in Autumn 2009. Save 20% at Loves Restaurant

Note: Loves restaurant was rumoured to be closing this year, but the good news is they are set to remain open and expand in 2012!

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