Scholarship at legendary culinary school within sights of UCB's Megan Roberts
Professional bakery student Megan Roberts is entering the finals of Le Cordon Bleu’s UK Scholarship Award.
The world famous culinary school is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a scholarship worth £35,000. It includes a place on the coveted Diplôme de Pâtisserie, followed by a three month Diploma in Culinary Management. Luxury accommodation is provided, along with an internship under the guidance of Michelin starred chef Claire Smyth.
Victory at the final on June 2 will propel Megan towards her dream of working in a Michelin starred restaurant. She said: “I’m overwhelmed and excited. It’s an honour to be in the final.”
The 19-year-old, from Streetly, impressed judges during the semi-final with her near-perfect knack for identifying different types of chocolate, her strong work-ethic, and personality. Asked which dessert she would compare herself to, Megan replied: “Lemon meringue, because of the sourness of the lemon and the sweetness of the meringue!”.
Megan left Streetly Academy aged 16 to join UCB’s Level 1 Diploma in Bakery. Three years later, she is now close to completing the Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery.
She combines her studies with a full-time job at Malmaison Birmingham, where she works 45 hours a week as a commis chef. Her work experience placements have included working for father and son Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Roux at The Landau in London’s Portland Place.
Megan especially enjoys patisserie and cake decoration. She has relished working in UCB’s state-of-the-art bakeries, alongside lecturers and chefs who are leaders in their field.
She said: “Patisserie is like magic, you wonder how it has been created. When you learn the skills, you suddenly understand the trick.
“I believe you’ve got to put the effort in if you want to succeed. It’s nice to learn skills in the day at UCB, and put them into practice at night at Malmaison. I often don’t finish work until midnight, so my dad is my taxi service!”
Dawn Gemmell, Assistant Dean of UCB’s College of Food, said: “Megan Roberts is a star. From her early days at UCB, Megan has shown high motivation, excellent skills and a quiet confidence. I am so pleased for her; what a great way to finish the term. I want to wish Megan all the very best for the future.”