S.Pellegrino has announced the highly-anticipated return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global competition recognising leading young culinary talent from across the world. The third edition, with applications opening on February 1, 2017, will provide contestants with the opportunity to demonstrate and strengthen their skills, through a series of challenges whilst gaining valuable visibility on a global scale.
The competition will now take place over 18 months, with this next edition running from 2017 to 2018. 2017 will see the prelimary selection rounds and the local competitions take place, followed by the Grand Final in June 2018, where finalists will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title. The extended duration will allow candidates more time to work side by side their assigned Chef Mentors to improve their signature dishes and refine their skill set in preparation for the finals.
Winners of S.Pellegrino Young Chef are given an incredible opportunity to gain global visibility and career development and training, as well as the chance to take part in several of the brand’s annual events around the world, including but not limited to those related to the Young Chef competition. “It is a great honor to be named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016,” said S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 winner, Mitch Lienhard of the United States. “The experience has provided many unforgettable moments so far, and I am thankful for the impact the title will have on my career. I look forward to continuing my work with S.Pellegrino, to help find the culinary world’s best new talent and serving as a mentor for future competitors.” Among previous winners of the competition is Ireland-based S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, Mark Moriarty.
This year sees “Central America–Caribbean”added to the already vast range of geographical regions included within the competition, meaning the final contestants will hail from 21 different areas from across the globe. In addition, applications will now be accepted in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Italian. All candidates are required to understand and speak English, as it is the official language of the competition.
Applications for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 open on February 1, 2017 at Sanpellegrino.com. The website will serve as the new digital hub of the competition, whilst FineDiningLovers.com – the online magazine for food enthusiasts from all over the world, proudly endorsed by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna – has been named as the official media partner.
Over the course of the competition – which last year, attracted over 3,000 applicants – 70 top chefs will be involved as jurors in the local competitions, 21 young chefs from 21 different geographic areas will be selected as semifinalists and 21 Chef Mentors will be tasked with providing guidance to the young chefs throughout their once in a lifetime journey.
The global competition includes a distinguished panel of judges, known as the Seven Sages, which is comprised of some of the most celebrated culinary masters of the world, who are responsible for deciding the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 at the finals in Milan, Italy.
The complete competition regulations and application form will be available on www.sanpellegrino.com
Follow the competition on social media via the hashtag #SPYoungChef.
To celebrate the launch of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef UK & Ireland competition, S.Pellegrino will be hosting a private breakfast on 6th March from 8.30am-10:30am