The Roux family organised a Gala Dinner which was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park in London on Monday 21st October 2013 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Roux Scholarship, a most special milestone for the family. James Martin Compèred the evening with Lord Jeffrey Archer acting Auctioneer.
Celebrations commenced with a Champagne Taittinger reception where guests enjoyed Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2004. The unique five course dinner was created and prepared by Roux scholars who worked in teams to prepare each dish. These were especially created by the scholars but inspired by the three star Michelin chefs with whom they chose to take their professional training after winning the Scholarship. The scholar team leaders were Andrew Fairlie, the very first Roux Scholar (1984 - Michel Guérard - Les Prés d'Eugénie), Sat Bains (1999 - Jacques and Laurent Pourcel - Le Jardin des Sens), André Garrett, MCA (2002 - Guy Savoy), Mark Birchall (2011 - Roca brothers - El Celler de Can Roca) and Steve Drake (2001 - Marc Veyrat - L'Auberge de L'Eridan). A fine selection of Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines complemented each course. Including Louis Jadot's Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2006.
Dinner was followed by an exceptional auction. The unique lots included an exclusive Saturday Kitchen experience with James Martin, a ten-day five-star Dubai hotel break including dinner with Gary and Jenny Rhodes. Over £40, 000 was raised on the night with all proceeds being shared equally between The Roux Scholarship and The Daniel Discretionary Trust. David Nicholls founded this Trust to support his son, Daniel following an accident in December 2003 which left him paralysed. David is a Scholarship judge and International Group Director of Food and Beverage for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He has given outstanding support to the Scholarship over many years.