14 Women of the 15 Finalists to Compete for the Julia Child Scholarship

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After an exciting semi-final of the Julia Child Scholarship, Le Cordon Bleu are delighted to announce that 15 finalists to make it through to the finals, 14 are women.

The finals, taking place on 16th September at the institute in Bloomsbury Square, London will see a total of 16 aspiring pastry chefs and food entrepreneurs battle it out for the prize worth over £40,000. The prize will be presented by esteemed Le Cordon Bleu alumna, Mary Berry.

For the first time ever, the 16th finalist spot will be chosen by the general public, who will vote for their favourite candidate of the remaining 17 semi-finalists on YouTube, by liking their 1 minute video pitch. The person with the most votes at 12:00pm on 31st July 2019 will secure the last position in the final 16.

Our future successful entrepreneur might be one of these 14 dedicated women making it through to the finals:

  • Dora Popova from Londo
  • Daniela Glattfelder from London
  • Laurence Hamdan from London
  • Bianca Tia Mesuria from London
  • Anna Jia from London
  • Katharina Bergerhoff from London
  • Katie-Poppy Inskip from Kent
  • Renuka Lassalle from Kent
  • Kirsty Massa from Kent
  • Elizabeth Melia from Liverpool
  • Melissa Oum from Birmingham
  • Michelle Hiller from Devon
  • Tiffany Hall from Hampshire
  • Andrea Banados from Staffordshire
  • Stephanie Lobo from Cheshire

The scholarship starts in January 2020, lasting 12 months, includes a place on Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie and the Diploma in Culinary Management, an internship at the Savoy Hotel with a 12-month accommodation curtesy of Londonist. Business-related advice will be given by The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Le Cordon Bleu’s successful alumni Luiz Hara, Georgia Green, Dhruv Mittal and Evelina Ogorzalek. Prizes will also be awarded by Churchill and ZWILLING and tickets to The Business Show.

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