2022/2023 S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is now open for entries from Australia and the next generation of talent are already sharpening their knives in anticipation.
An exciting global initiative created by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy to discover and nurture exceptional culinary talent, the award aims to identify, promote and celebrate young culinary talent to further incentivise professional development.
A major component of the Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is to support a personal vision for the world of food, demonstrating how food can have a positive impact on society at large.
Applicable for young chefs under the age of 30, chefs are required to submit a recipe of a signature dish and must be able to communicate their personal vision, unique skills and creativity with this dish. As part of the rigorous judging criteria, all chefs must have been working full-time in the restaurant(s) as Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine or Chef de Partie or Commis for at least 1 year before the application.
The first selection phase applicated will be evaluated by the ALMA the International School of Italian Culinary Arts. ALMA will define a shortlist of Young Chefs who will participate in one of the 16 Regional Finals that will take place throughout the globe over the second half of 2022.
Last year, over 300 talented Young chefs from over 5- different countries worked together to present their dishes, with a panel of local judges including Danielle Alvarez, Christine Manfield, Peter Gilmore, Dan Hunter and Jock Zonfrillo.
In Australia, the modest, yet immensely talented Jose Lorenzo Morales is eternally grateful to have been selected as the Pacific regional winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019.
Unfortunately, because of Covid travel restrictions, he was unable to attend the Grand Finale in Milan.
An epic and educational journey for Jose Lorenzo Morales and his peers the competition is a sparkling opportunity for culinary game-changers to demonstrate their ability in creating the finest taste experiences while having a positive impact on society.
This year, the S.Pellegrino judging team hopes it will be different. S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition will Grand Finale culminates in Milan Italy and will be judged by a stellar lineup of international chefs. Previous international judges have included Enrico Bartolini, Manu Buffara, Andreas Caminada, Mauro Colagreco, Gavin Kaysen, Clare Smyth and Pim Techamuanvivit. Collectively they will judge dishes based on technical skill, creativity, and personal belief, as well as the candidates’ potential to create positive change in society through food.
S.Pellegrino International Business Unit Director, Stefano Bolognese says:
“We are thrilled to announce the fifth edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition. The competition, originally conceived as an international scouting project, has evolved over the past two years into an authentic, permanent training and networking laboratory of over 1,000 young and senior chefs from across the world.
The competition opens the doors to the Academy and is the main tool we have to stimulate creativity and promote talent. The whole project conveys our commitment to pushing continuous evolution within the gastronomy world, which today represents an extraordinary ‘space’ to spread universal values, such as sustainability, responsibility, inclusivity, resilience and beauty”.
Edited by: Stephen Morton