Ruth Hansom Reaches Finals of Bocuse d’Or UK
We were delighted to hear there is finally a female chef in with a chance of representing the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s largest and most prestigious cooking contest. Head Chef, Ruth Hansom, of Pomona’s on Hereford Road in Notting Hill has joined the line up of chefs who will compete in the Bocuse d’Or National Selection. Our co-founder, Mecca Ibrahim, had interviewed Ruth Hansom during her first week at Pomona’s with a select group of food writers to sample her menu.
Ruth Hansom joined Pomona’s as Head chef at the beginning of May 2019. A former winner of Million Dollar Menu, in 2017 she became the first woman to win National Young Chef of the Year. Ruth now has some ambitious and creative plans for Pomona’s restaurant.
The line up of chefs will compete in the Bocuse d’Or National Selection at The Restaurant Show on Monday 30 September. The winning chef will go forward to compete in the European heats of the Bocuse d’Or, due to take place in June 2020. He or she will also have the opportunity to complete a funded stage in a highly respected British or European restaurant.
The four chefs competing in the final will be:
- Ruth Hansom, head chef at Pomona in London and Young National Chef of the Year winner 2017 and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Michael Bourdin Scholar 2016
- Luke Selby, Great British Menu winner 2019 and Roux Scholar 2017-2018 and National Chef of the Year 2017-2018
- Robert Sussex from 1 More London Place and National Chef of the Year 2019 semi-finalist
- Ian Musgrave, sous chef at The Ritz London and British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year 2018 National Chef of the Year 2017-2018
Founded in 1987 by the late and legendary Paul Bocuse, the Bocuse d’Or is the greatest culinary spectacle in the world with more than 62 countries entering the last competition. The UK has competed in all but one world final with former candidates including Tom Phillips of Restaurant Story, Adam Bennett of The Cross at Kenilworth, Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay, André Garrett of the Corinthia Hotel in London, John Williams of The Ritz London and Clive Fretwell of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
To compete in the Bocuse d’Or is one of the toughest culinary challenges for any chef and to prepare them, each of the finalists will receive coaching and mentoring from the UK culinary team – including Adam Bennett MCA, John Williams OBE and Bocuse d’Or UK candidate 2019, Tom Phillips.
The Bocuse d’Or UK Academy has selected a panel of high profile chefs, from the UK and beyond with experience of the Bocuse d’Or, to judge the chefs. The judges will look for culinary technique and creativity, complexity where appropriate and harmony of combinations within the dish.
They will also be looking for chefs to demonstrate an understanding of the unique style of the Bocuse d’Or in the three hour 45 minute cook off.
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You can find Pomona’s at 47 Hereford Rd, London, W2 5AH, Telephone – 020 7 229 1503.
You may also like to read the following interviews with other inspiring female chefs – Luciana Berry – MasterChef The Professionals Quarter Finalist, Private Chef & Le Cordon Bleu Ambassador, Stosie Madie Chef Patron of The Parkers Arms ; Julie Walsh – Head Pâtisserie Chef of Le Cordon Bleu London; Sous Chef at Holborn Dining Room – Nokx Majozi; winner of MasterChef 2019 Irini Tzortzoglou, Olivia Burt, Sous Chef at Claridges & the first female chef to the reach the Roux Scholarship finals in four years. Plus we interviewed all of the women chefs who competed in BBC2’s Great British Menu 2019 – see them here at Great Women on Great British Menu.