Adam Harper, head chef at The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow has reached the finals of the prestigious Roux Scholarship 2019.
The Roux Scholarship is regarded as the pinnacle accolade and the award all chefs aged under 30 years want to win. It was created by Albert and Michel Roux (senior) 35 years ago to be a beacon of British talent and inspire more young chefs to raise their game. Each year exciting new talent has been discovered as chefs reach the semis and finals with many going on to win Michelin stars.
A massive 800 applicants were eventually reduced to eighteen chefs contesting at the semi finals to be one of the six to go through to the final round. Two semi finals were held, in Birmingham and in London, when the chefs were asked to create their own dish using hogget, meat from a young sheep Adam describes as “a teenager that’s full of flavour”. This was followed by a dessert using ingredients from a mystery box provided on the day of the competition; Adam created an apple and ginger crumble with a golden syrup custard. He commented: “It was important to do something simple but really well to demonstrate my technical skills and to allow the flavours to shine”.
Adam is one of only two finalists to come through from the regions, one other from Jersey and the remaining four finalists are from top London restaurants including two from The Ritz. Michel Roux (junior) said about the competition: “Amazing standard. Every year it just gets better and better.” The final will be held over a full day in London on 1st April.
Adam Harper joined the Cavendish Hotel, Baslow on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, in October 2018. A graduate of Derby University he had accrued a wide experience including working in Michelin starred restaurants. Just before joining the Cavendish he was head chef for three years at Rowleys, a contemporary restaurant and bar in Baslow. He is married with a daughter and lives in Chapel le Frith, Derbyshire
The Cavendish Hotel is part of the Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants Group, a collection of luxury hotels, restaurants and inns, located on the Duke of Devonshire’s estates at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire; owned and operated by the Chatsworth Trust. Formerly an 18th century coaching inn The Cavendish offers stylish comfort with 28 bedrooms. There are two restaurants – the fine dining Gallery restaurant and the open-all-day Garden Room, plus a chef’s table in the kitchen and a private dining room.