The Ritz partners with Le Cordon Bleu for 2014 Scholarship

The Ritz has announced that it has teamed up with culinary institute Le Cordon Bleu for its 2014 Scholarship Award.

As part of the scheme, a UK student, aged between 18 and 24, will receive a place on Bleu’s nine-month Le Grand Diplôme course and then take part in an internship at The Ritz in London with chef John Williams. The prize in total is worth at least £30,000 and includes accommodation in central London provided by Urbanest. Previous scholarship winners have been Tom Aikens and Pierre Koffmann.

Andre Cointreau, president of Le Cordon Bleu, said: “This scholarship award recognises young UK students with an immense passion for food and cooking and provides them with a once in a lifetime opportunity. With the overwhelming success of the previous two scholarship awards, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of the third and look forward to an exciting few months ahead as the applications come in.”

For those interested in the scholarship, they need to send in a short video of themselves here, explaining why they are perfect for the prize. Semi-finalists will then be invited for an interview at Le Cordon Bleu and will have to face a further competition stage in early next year. A panel of Le Cordon Bleu’s Master Chefs and senior members of its academic committee will then decide on the winner.

This news comes after a separate announcement by the Hugh Baird College in Bootle, which revealed that it was partnering with Nigel Haworth of Northcote. Mr Haworth will visit the college to lead training sessions and run the kitchen service with a series of seasonal menus. Students at the college will be able to work with a Michelin-starred chef and even have the chance to gain full employment at Northcote or at Ribble Valley Inns.

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