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Mary Berry Awards This Year's Winner Of The Coveted Julia Child Scholarship By Le Cordon Bleu

Bianca-Tia Mesuria from Hackney, East London has been announced as the winner.


Under the watchful eye of big industry names, renowned culinary institute, Le Cordon Bleu London announced the winner of the coveted Julia Child Scholarship by Le Cordon Bleu (LCB).

London native, Bianca-Tia Mesuria was the chosen candidate having beaten off the immense competition with entry numbers for the prize at a record high this year.

As a global leader in culinary, wine and management education, Le Cordon Bleu London has a long-standing reputation for providing aspiring Chefs and Food Entrepreneurs with all of the necessary skills for success. With a plethora of Diplomas and Short Courses on offer, Le Cordon Bleu London has carefully compiled this year’s Scholarship Award together with their esteemed partners.

LCB alumna Mary Berry announced the winner at a stunning Champagne and Canapé Reception at the world-famous school on Monday. She said;

“It is a joy to be here this evening to present the Julia Child Scholarship Award. Seeing the passion all the candidates have for food is wonderful, and I truly hope this is the start of an exciting career for each of them. Bianca-Tia Mesuria is a worthy winner and starting her journey with Le Cordon Bleu, I am sure she is set for success!”

This year’s prize aims to provide aspiring food entrepreneurs with the essential skills for business success. The prize, worth over £40,000, includes a place on Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie,

recognised globally as one of the most respected culinary qualifications in pastry and baking; a three month Le Cordon Bleu Diploma in Culinary Management; an internship at the iconic Savoy Hotel; and 12 months luxury accommodation provided by Londonist.

The uniqueness of this prize is the holistic view it offers the winner when it comes to education but also hands-on industry experience. Le Cordon Bleu London have partnered with some of their hugely successful alumni (including Luiz Hara; Georgia Green; Dhruv Mittal and Evelina Ogorzalek) who, having taken the brave steps to change their own career paths, will now offer one-to-one mentorship of Bianca-Tia to share their own learnings and experiences in building thriving food businesses.

Bianca-Tia will also receive an exclusive prize from Churchill, the leading manufacturer of innovative tableware, as well as a 12-month membership with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and tickets to The Business Show.

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I woke up this morning and had to double check that this was real and the competition wasn’t today or something, I’ve never won anything before.  From nationals to 40, 40 down to the final 16 the talent of the group was fierce. I’ve never wanted to cry, vomit then pass out all at same time from anxiety of burning caramel in my kitchen exam TWICE, dropping a pen into my quenelle and cracking my sable pastry.  (I tried not to say the vom-cry thing on telly) But nonetheless I have met some amazing people last night I’ll never forget, I just wish my dad was here to see this ❤️ #chefB #lecordonbleu #finalist #scholarship #pastrychef #london #thelondonist #dreamjob #maryberry #savoyhotel #thelondonist #churchill #fsb #zwilling #juliachild #juliachildfoundation #2020 #bbc

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Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu London, Chef Emil MinevMinev, commented; “We are always staggered at the quality (and quantity!) of entries for the Julia Child Scholarship, and this year was no exception. The uniqueness of this prize is that it provides a 360 view of the industry, highlighting the infinite possibilities of having a career in the food world.”

The standard of entries for 2019 was impressively high, and so second place and third place runners-up were announced as Kirsty Massa from Sandwich, Kent and Elizabeth Melia from Liverpool. Both will receive high-performance kitchen knives from Zwilling.

For information on Le Cordon Bleu London and the Julia Child Scholarship competition, visit their website here