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The Semi-Finalists Announced

Julia Child Scholarship
by Le Cordon Bleu

The 40 semi-finalists have been chosen for the 2019 Julia Child Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu, a prize worth over £45,000, which was in search for some of the UK’s most passionate aspiring chefs and food entrepreneurs. The successful applicants will be given the chance to compete for a place on the respected Diplôme de Pâtisserie, followed by the valuable Diploma in Culinary Management as well as additional exclusive prizes.

The semi-finalists of the prestigious scholarship are:

·         Louise Bloor from Essex

·         Darren Roper from Liverpool

·         Katharina Bergerhoff from London

·         Sophia Demetriou from London

·         Seema Pankania from Berkshire

·         Anna Jia from London

·         Kristina Aare from Dundee

·         Manisha Shakya from Hampshire

·         Laurence Hamdan from London

·         Renuka Lassalle from Kent

·         Bianca Tia Mesuria from London

·         Andrea Nemeth from London

·         Toby Redgrave from East Sussex

·         Kirsty Massa from Kent

·         Karima Efthymiou from London

·         Ellen Sedgwick from East Sussex

·         Emily Gaywood-James from London

·         Désirée Gergen from London

·         Daniela Glattfelder from London

·         Nicola Abrahams from West Sussex

·         Elizabeth Melia from Liverpool

·         Mike Kiely from London

·         Michelle Hiller from Devon

·         Declan Crofts from South Yorkshire

·         Nikita Bridgeman from Caerphilly

·         Stephanie Lobo from Cheshire

·         Filipe Vicente de Franca from London

·         Sandy Cadiz-Smith from London

·         Katie-Poppy Inskip from Kent

·         Alice Parr from London

·         Tiffany Hall from Hampshire

·         Dora Popova from London

·         Deborah Milligan from London

·         Heather McRobie from London

·         Harriet Gibbs from Hertfordshire

·         Brendan Geoghegan from London

·         Andrea Banados from Staffordshire

·         Mervin Valaydon from London

·         Melissa Oum from Birmingham

·         Arron Maddix from London


The semi-finals will take place on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2019 at Le Cordon Bleu London, 15 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1 A2LS.

The finals will take place on Monday 16th September 2019 at Le Cordon Bleu London, where winner will be given their award by the iconic Mary Berry, a Le Cordon Bleu alumna. The second and third-place runners-up will receive high-performance ZWILLING Diplôme knives.

The course of study will start in January 2020, and take a total 12 months to complete, including an internship at the historic Savoy Hotel. The winner will enjoy 12 months luxury London accommodation courtesy of Londonist for the duration of their study, alongside additional mentorship from some of Le Cordon Bleu London's most successful alumni, prizes from Churchill, 12-month membership with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and tickets to The Business Show.

If your application was unsuccessful, and you did not make it through to the semi-finals, please visit our programmes and courses page to apply to study at Le Cordon Bleu today.