S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23: The Grand Finale will be held in Milan on 4 and 5 October

The 15 finalists for the 2022-23 edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition have been selected, and now the wait for the Grand Finale begins.

Milan, 22 February 2023 – S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy is pleased to announce that the Grand Finale of the 2022-23 S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition will be held in Milan on 4 and 5 October. The event identifies and recognises the best young chefs in the world and celebrates the talents that will lead the evolution of the gastronomic sector.

Between September 2022 and January 2023, a total of 165 young chefs from around the world took part in the fascinating and highly competitive Regional Finals. A local jury of renowned chefs judged the live cooking competitions in 15 different regions. For the first time, the regional events hosted the insightful Brain Food Forum curated by Fine Dining Lovers, to provide stimulating ideas and reflections related to the world of gastronomy. Over 50 renowned chefs, protagonists of the international culinary community, engaged in inspiring conversations where they explored the industry’s most relevant themes.

At each Regional Final, four young talents were selected to move on to the Grand Finale and compete for the global prizes. The winner of the main S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award will be announced at the Grand Finale. The three collateral prizes will be announced before the Grand Finale, starting at the end of June. They are the S.Pellegrino Social Responsibility Award, the winner of which will be chosen by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the Acqua Panna Connection in Gastronomy Award, selected by the mentors of the competition, and the Food for Thought Award, voted by the readers of Fine Dining Lovers.

The 15 regional winners of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award, at local level, and their mentors, are:

1. Erick Alfredo Bautista Chacon, mentored by Lula Martin Del Campo, with the signature dish ‘Oaxaca, its land and its hands’ (Latin America & Caribbean)

2. Raul Garcia, mentored by Stefan Heilemann, with the signature dish ‘Pike perch, mussels, artichoke, vin jaune, barigoule nage’ (West Europe)

3. Anton Lebersorger, mentored by Daniel Gottschlich with the signature dish ‘Bresse chicken, carrot from Schmidener Feld, kimchi, and Thai béarnaise’ (Central Europe)

4. Marcus Clayton, mentored by Lisa Goodwin-Allen, with the signature dish ‘Celeriac, apple and mushroom’ (UK)

5. Robin Wagner, mentored by Peter Gilmore, with the signature dish ‘Smoked celeriac, Granny Smith apple and crispy taro’ (Pacific)

6. Pierre-Olivier Pelletier, mentored by Suzanne Barr, with the signature dish ‘Young aged and smoked duck with sweet grass, yellow birch syrup lacquer with crispy cereal, carotene dressing, roasted cereal gravy, and verge d’or’ (Canada)

7. Jet Loos, mentored by Dick Middelweerd, with the signature dish ‘Flavour of the sea’ (North Europe)

8. Daniel Garwood, mentored by Nina Compton, with the signature dish 'Aged duck and persimmon in tak cheongju with banchan through the eyes of a traveller’ (US)

9. Yi Zhang, mentored by Stefano Bacchelli, with the signature dish ‘A trip to Guangxi’ (Mainland China);

10. Ian Goh, mentored by Dave Pynt, with the signature dish ‘Heritage lamb’ (Asia)

11. Grigoris Kikis, mentored by Georgianna Hiliadaki, with the signature dish ‘The story of cod’ (South East Europe & Mediterranean)

12. Nelson Freitas, mentored by Filipe Carvalho, with the signature dish ‘Crispy red mullet, sea urchin and homemade black garlic’ (Iberian Countries)

13. Mythrayie Iyer, mentored by Johnson Ebenezer, with the signature dish ‘Barter - Evolution of Indian cooking through the age of exploration’ (Africa, Middle East & South Asia)

14. Michele Antonelli, mentored by Andrea Aprea, with the signature dish ‘Spin the cauliflower’ (Italy)

15. Camille Saint-M’Leux, mentored by Christope Bacquié, with the signature dish ‘Charcoal Chateauneuf beef, cuttlefish fat and smoked herring eggs’ (France)

About S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy
Gastronomy has the potential to transform society, shaping a more inclusive, more sustainable future. But to do so takes talent. That's why S.Pellegrino has created S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, a platform to attract, connect and nurture the next generation of culinary talents. An environment that will empower them through education, me