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A three-month stint in a three-Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world awaits the winner of the 2018 Roux Scholarship. Fiona Sims joins the judges as they select the 35th scholar
Six desks, six chefs, and a copy of Auguste Escoffier’s Le Guide Culinaire (the Cracknell and Kaufmann translation) on each. It’s there to help the finalists prepare for the Roux Scholarship, now in its 35th year and held at London’s Westminster Kingsway College.
The finalists also have well-thumbed copies of Michel Roux’s Pastry, and most have a copy of Larousse Gastronomique. Their battery of cookery classics are needed today if they are to make the most of the short time allowed to prep for the Escoffier-inspired recipe.
The chefs, who are all under 30 years old, will have just three hours to cook in front of 10 judges. The chefs are Ben Champkin from L’Enclume in Cumbria, competing in the final for the second time, and his colleague, Sam Nash, plus Oliver Marlow from Roganic, Fergus Wilford from Cliveden, Ryan Porter from Northcote and third-time finalist Martin Carabott from soon-to-open London venture Hide.
Clink Charity’s hospitality training schemes reducing reoffending by 49.6%
New data analysis from a report conducted by the Justice Data Lab (JDL) and the Ministry of Justice provides evidence that prisoners participating in the charity’s training scheme in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) had reduced reoffending rates, achieving a “statistically significant result”.
The report looked at ex-offenders who have trained for between six and 18 months at Clink Restaurants at HMP High Down in Surrey, HMP Brixton in London, HMP Cardiff in Wales and HMP Styal in Cheshire between 2010 and 2015.
Clink graduates who qualified for analysis were measured comparatively to individuals that have not received the Clink’s intervention but were similar in circumstance.
The data shows that in 2014/15 Clink graduates had a 10.7% reoffending rate compared to the control group’s 20.9%, a 10% difference and a 49.6% improvement.
The new combined results of the Clink, from its launch in 2009 to 2015, reveal graduates had a 16% reoffending rate compared to the comparison group’s 25%; a 36% improvement.
Like-for-like sales were up 5.9% over the long weekend, in comparison to a 3.1% decline over the month as a whole, the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show. Peter Martin, vice-president of CGA, said: “It was a month to forget, with the only slight cheer coming for managed pubs outside of London which benefitted by people staying at home and away from work when the snow fell.
“Overall, March was bad news, so the uplift in sales over Easter weekend brought almost instant relief. Again all parts of the market benefitted.”
Snowfall hit restaurants most severely with like-for-likes down 5% across March. Trading across the pub and casual dining sectors was down 4.3% in London and 2.7% outside the M25. Managed pubs fared slightly better, but still recorded a 2% decline in like-for-like sales. It was restaurants that had the most to cheer about following the Easter weekend, after recording an 8% increase in like-for-likes compared to the four-day weekend year before, with pubs recording a 4.6% rise.
Martin said: “Although snow stops people travelling, the wet and dreary weather over Easter will have helped to tempt people, and in particular families off for the break, to go out to eat – so it should be no surprise that restaurants were the biggest beneficiaries.
“But it’s also worth remembering that Easter 2017 was not good for the market, with sales down on 2016, due to it falling late in April and being disjointed from school holidays in parts of the country. This year it wasn’t.”