Bohemia Chef Michael Cruickshank has reached the National Finals of the Roux Scholarship 2017, following the regional final held at the University of West London, Ealing.
Michael is proud to be one of the few shortlisted to compete in the finals of one of the world’s most renowned fine dining competitions. Only the best young talent in the UK are chosen to go through to the finals and out of 18 chefs just six were chosen to go through to the final.
The rising chef battled it out against the other contestants to create a dish, and dessert which used mystery ingredients given to them on the day, in only 2½ hours.
Andrew Fairlie, Simon Hulstone and James Martin judged the 12 finalists, at the University of West London, Ealing, alongside Alain Roux. Six other finalists battled it out at the University College Birmingham – the two regional finals took place simultaneously on 23 March 2017.
“We had to make some difficult choices but we’ve got six strong chefs in the final which will make for an exciting competition,” said Alain Roux.
The final will be held on 10 April 2017 at Westminster Kingsway College, London and the 2017 Roux Scholar will be declared at The Langham, London that evening.
The panel of judges will be headed by Three-Michelin starred chef, Anne-Sophie Pic alongside joint chairmen Alain and Michel Jr. They will be joined by James Martin, David Nicholls, Brian Turner, head scholar Andrew Fairlie as well as previous winners Simon Hulstone (2003 scholar), Sat Bains (1999 scholar) and André Garrett (2002 scholar).
For the final, the recipe and ingredients will be a given to the finalists just 30 minutes before the start of the competition. They will create a main dish, either classic or modern, and will be given three hours to prepare and present it to the judges.
Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 15 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus.
It has been revealed that chef, Michael Cruickshank, will compete in the regional final at the 2017 Roux Scholarship competition. Michael is a chef at Michelin starred Bohemia Restaurant in St Helier, Jersey.
Michael will be competing against 17 other chefs from around the country on Thursday 23 March 2017. He will attend the event as one of the 12 finalists at the University of West London, Ealing, where Alain Roux will be on the judging panel. The six other finalists will be competing at University College Birmingham with Michael Roux Jr as a judge.
Before joining Steve Smith’s team at Bohemia, Michael worked in some of the UK’s most renowned restaurants including Michelin Starred restaurants The Montagu Arms, Hampshire and Sienna Restaurant in Dorchester, Dorset. Only the best young talent in the UK are chosen to go through to the regional finals. Michael was one of few shortlisted, amongst a high standard of entries, to battle it out in the finals.
The Bohemia chef was chosen to compete against chefs from top dining establishments including Fera at Claridge’s and The Clove Club. Michael is one of the eight finalists from restaurants outside of London. Past winners include Michelin Star Chefs Andrew Fairlie, the first person to win the Roux Scholarship and now a judge, as well as Sat Baines – who both now have two stars to their name.
The competition will see the chefs creating a recipe to serve four people. They will have 2½ hours to cook the dish as well as a dessert using ingredients from a mystery box given to them on the day. The judges will be looking for recipes and methods which demonstrate the best balance of creativity, taste, style and practicality in the finished dish. Six winners selected from across the two regional finals will go to the national final, which will take place at Westminster Kingsway College, London on Monday 10 April 2017.
Bohemia Bar & Restaurant provides unrivalled Michelin Star dining in the heart of Jersey. Head Chef Steve Smith, who has held a Michelin Star for over 15 years from the age of just 24, has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus
Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey is celebrating yet again following the news that they have retained their 4AA Rosettes at the AA Hospitality Awards 2016.
Head Chef Steve Smith said: “We are absolutely delighted with the retention of Bohemia’s 4AA Rosettes. The AA Hospitality Awards are a byword for quality and service, so I am truly delighted that the hard work of my team at Bohemia has been rewarded yet again.”
Other restaurants to hold 4AA Rosettes include The Waterside Inn, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Le Gavroche and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw.
Bohemia has had a hugely successful year. They were listed as the highest scoring restaurant in the Channel Islands in the Good Food Guide 2017, with a glowing score of 7. Bohemia was also listed in Square Meal’s Top 100 Best Restaurants 2016. Bohemia was awarded the prestigious two-star award in the “World’s Best Wine Lists Awards” and was granted the Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards 2016.
Bohemia is in demand for private parties and gatherings both in the restaurant and private dining rooms. Bohemia can cater for 66 per private party and Bohemia’s private dining room holds 24 guests.
For an interactive dining experience, diners at Bohemia can book the Chef’s Table. The exclusive experience offers a behind the scenes look at Michelin starred Bohemia’s kitchen with Champagne and canapés on arrival.
Visitors to the restaurant can sample Bohemia’s ‘Famous Saturday Lunch’, a three-course set lunch for only £19.95 per person. The set lunch includes lavish dishes such as Winter vegetable salad with tarragon emulsion and pecan brittle; Braised beef cheek with broccoli and pear; and Pedro Ximinez panna cotta with quince and cinnamon.
Steve has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. Bohemia is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants and is ranked at number 49.
Michelin starred Bohemia restaurant in Jersey has been granted the Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards 2016.
Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence awards restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Bohemia has been recognised amongst other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.
Dimitri Marqueteau, Bohemia Restaurant Manager, says: “We are honored to have been recognized for our wine selection. It is something we take very seriously here at Bohemia and we feel so grateful to have been awarded this prestigious award!”
Bohemia has an inventory of 3,000 bottles of wine from a selection of 260 bins. Bohemia sources a large number of wines directly, and their list encompasses top wines across several regions.
The restaurant also offers a Grand Formats wine list which is believed to be one of the largest in the UK. The list encompasses over 30 different large bottle wines from Magnums (2 bottles) to Imperiales (8 bottles wine) and includes Salmanazzar and Nebuchadnezzars of Champagne (12 & 20 bottles). The list is a hit for private parties and gatherings both in the restaurant and private dining rooms.
Wine Spectator Magazine is the world’s leading authority on wine and reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide. The brand also encompasses a comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events.
Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher of Wine Spectator, says: “On behalf of Wine Spectator, I’m thrilled to congratulate each and every award-winning restaurant. They should be very proud.”
As well as a stellar wine list, Bohemia has been Jersey’s finest dining establishment since opening its doors in April 2004. Bohemia is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants and is ranked at number 49. Bohemia also recently received the highest score in the Channel Islands in the Good Food Guide 2016 with a glowing score of 7, its highest score yet, and was listed as the best restaurant in Jersey in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants in the UK’.
The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday, Noon until 2.30pm for lunch, and 6.30pm until 10pm for dinner.
Bohemia restaurant’s Head Sommelier, Georgi Mihov, has been selected to proceed to the Regional Finals of the Moët UK Sommelier of The Year 2016.
Georgi will join other outstanding sommeliers on Monday 14 March 2016 at Hotel du Vin Bristol to compete for the prestigious title of Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2016. Candidates will take part in blind tastings, questionnaires and interviews. Finalists will then be tested on food and wine matching, plus blind tasting, before taking part in the famous Moët & Chandon Champagne Pour. If successful, Georgi will partake in this year’s grand final on Monday 16 May 2016 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hyde Park.
Georgi is no stranger to sommelier competitions, and has already been awarded Best Sommelier in Bulgaria. Since then he has become a judge for wine competitions across the globe including Decanter World Wine Awards.
Georgi joined Bohemia with over 20 years of experience in high-end hotels and restaurants in his native Bulgaria, as well as China, Abu Dhabi and London, where he honed his knowledge at The Savoy Hotel. It was at the Sofitel Forebase Chongqing, China that Georgi developed and implemented the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey has been praised for its elegant new design and has been awarded the highest rating for food in the Harden’s Best Restaurants UK 2016 Guide. Bohemia’s rating of 5 for food is only given to restaurants with ‘exceptional’ performance.
In 2015 Bohemia revealed a sophisticated and stylish new design, following a major refurbishment. Following Head Chef Steve Smith’s unprecedented success in raising the culinary bar even higher for the restaurant, the owners of Bohemia felt compelled to revitalise the interior design to match.
The refurbishment was a welcome change for diners, shown through comments in the Harden’s Guide which stated: “a warmer more intimate look is a big improvement”. The guide goes on to state that “given Steve Smith’s “sensational, much accoladed cuisine, fans say the new decor is the final missing link in the push to make Bohemia seem stand-out special”.
The Sunday Times Food List is based on the Harden’s Restaurant Guide which receives 63,000 reviews. Bohemia was named one of top 50 best restaurants in the UK in The Sunday Times. The Michelin star restaurant is also the only eatery in the Channel Islands to make it into the top 100, listed alongside The Ledbury, Le Gavroche, and The Fat Duck, firmly cementing both the restaurant’s and Jersey’s status as one of the world’s top foodie destinations.
Head Chef Steve Smith was one of the youngest chefs in the country to achieve a Michelin star over 15 years ago, at the age of just 24.
Steve Smith has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. Bohemia Bar & Restaurant boasts a stellar reputation for its first rate cuisine, placing it firmly on the gastronomic map as a food-lover’s destination.
Situated on the ground floor of red-starred luxury boutique The Club Hotel & Spa, Bohemia has been Jersey’s finest dining establishment since opening its doors in April 2004.
Michelin starred Bohemia restaurant in Jersey has appointed Georgi Mihov as its new Sommelier.
Georgi joins Bohemia with over 20 years of experience in high-end hotels and restaurants from working in his native Bulgaria to China, Abu Dhabi and London where he honed his knowledge at The Savoy Hotel.
He boasts an exceptional CV having worked in renowned hotel groups such as Intercontinental Hotels and Sofitel. It was at the Sofitel Forebase Chongqing, China that Georgi developed and implemented the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.
Georgi was also awarded Best Sommelier in Bulgaria and since then has become a judge for wine competitions across the globe including Decanter World Wine Awards. He is a prominent international wine personality and is responsible for wine selection for supermarket chains across Bulgaria.
Most recently Georgi had been working on his own fine wine brand Someno Wines, which sells some of the highest rated Bulgarian wine to private clients and fine dining restaurants in Bulgaria.
Georgi is looking forward to bringing his passion and wealth of knowledge of wine to Bohemia. He adds: “I’m excited to be Sommelier at one of the UK’s top fine dining establishments. Bohemia already boasts a vast wine list and I am looking forward to expanding it to produce one of the best wine lists in the UK.”
Bohemia is celebrating its eleventh year holding a Michelin Star and the celebratory vibe at the hotel is even greater as the news comes just after the restaurant was rated the 21st best restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide 2016.
Head Chef Steve Smith was one of the youngest chefs in the country to achieve a Michelin star over 15 years ago, at the age of just 24.
Steve said: “We are delighted that our passion and commitment for offering the highest quality cuisine has been recognised once again. Our whole kitchen brigade has worked day and night over the past year to retain this accolade and I am overjoyed at Michelin’s decision.”
Lawrence Huggler, owner of Bohemia, adds: “Jersey is renowned for its high standard of gourmet dining, and we are proud to be leading the charge in making Jersey a gastronomic destination on the world map. Keeping our Michelin star for an 11th year is an amazing achievement in itself but coming on the top of the fantastic rating, the highest ever for a Jersey restaurant in the Good Food Guide, makes this a special couple of weeks for us and Jersey.”
Steve Smith has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus including both vegetarian tasting menus as well as fish tasting menus. Bohemia Bar & Restaurant boasts a stellar reputation for its first rate cuisine, placing it firmly on the map as a food-lover’s destination. Situated on the ground floor of The Club Hotel & Spa, Bohemia has been Jersey’s finest dining establishment since opening its doors in April 2004.
Steve Smith @ Bohemia has been listed as the best restaurant in Jersey and has received its highest score yet in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016.
Bohemia’s increased score of 7 from 6 in the 2015 guide makes it the highest rated Michelin Starred restaurant in Jersey and the only restaurant on the island to be featured in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants’. The list recognises the best talent throughout the country. The top entries and award winners were revealed on 26 August 2015 ahead of the launch of its 65th anniversary issue.
Bohemia has been rated above other three Michelin star restaurants in the UK such as The Waterside Inn and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. To qualify for a score of 7 in the guide, restaurants must demonstrate a ‘high level of ambition and individuality, attention to the smallest detail, accurate and vibrant dishes.’
Head Chef Steve Smith said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a score of 7 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, increasing our score from 2015. It is an absolute honour as the Good Food Guide is one of the most valued in the business, and it makes the award that much more significant when you know it’s come from customer feedback and opinions.’
To qualify for the awards, restaurants need to be independently run and offer regional or local produce. The awards are voted for by the public who submit nominations for their favourite restaurants.
Steve Smith has taken Bohemia to new levels since joining over two years ago. Steve has created a truly outstanding dining experience with his ingredient and flavour driven tasting menus. He has enjoyed a spectacular year with being named Catey Chef of the Year 2014, retaining Bohemia’s Michelin Star, being awarded 4AA Rosettes, as well as being listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, with special praise being given to Bohemia’s desserts which were listed ‘6th Best in the UK’.
The vintage Negroni – created with authentic spirits made in the 1970s – has been described by drinks expert and ‘Master of Malt’ Director Ben Ellefsen as ‘Completely, Unequivocally Epic’.
With a totally unique deep rich smoky flavor, cocktail connoisseurs can sample this rare treat at the Michelin Starred Bohemia Bar & Restaurant in Jersey, for a bona fide taste of a bygone era.
Many spirits, like fine wines, get better with age, maturing in the bottle so you can experience the full flavour and depth of the drink.
Both the Red Vermouth and Campari in the Vintage Negorni were made using a different technique in the 1970s, and were macerated, not distilled. As such, oxidation in the 40 year old bottles of Campari and Martini has a huge effect on the taste and appearance, rendering the flavours far deeper and the colours richer and darker with age.
But the real magic comes when you combine these three magical 40 year old spirits together to create the classic Negroni, or to be more precise, the 1970s Vintage Negroni. Priced at £16.50, the cocktail will be available for customers to enjoy in both Bohemia Bar and the newly refurbished Michelin Starred Bohemia Restaurant.
The restaurant’s owner, Lawrence Huggler, hopes to let as many guests as possible experience this stunning beverage, hence Bohemia has already turned down two customers who wanted to buy the whole 1970s bottles, having tried the Vintage Negroni. There is only a very limited supply of these amazing vintage spirits available, so don’t delay in visiting to make sure you experience this sought-after drink.
Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands
For reservations please call: 01534 880 588 or visit www.bohemiajersey.com