Paving the way for a new generation of gastronomists, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award is back for the third year to find the world’s best young chef.
Young chefs in the UAE and around the world, who are aged 30 or below with at least a year’s experience in a restaurant as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie, are invited to submit an application with their signature dish at www.sanpellegrino.com The deadline for submitting entries in April 30th, 2017, so put your aprons to flex your skills with your peers and gain from immense exposure.
What’s even more exciting is that this year, the Middle East and Africa region semifinal event, which is scheduled for October 2017, will take place in Dubai for the first time. Last year, UAE-based chef Gregoire Berger won the regional challenge and represented the MEA region at the international grand finale.
Commenting, Luca Antonelli, Area Manager – Middle East, S.Pellegrino said: “We are extremely thrilled to host the Middle East and Africa region semifinal event in Dubai this year. Year by year we see an increase in the number of applications for the international competition from the UAE. Through this initiative, from S.Pellegrino is delighted to play a role in providing a platform to the rising culinary talent to demonstrate and strengthen their skills and gain valuable visibility. With the clock ticking down to the start of Dubai Expo 2020 and massive growth expected in tourism, F&B and hospitality market over the next few years, it is very important to pave a way for the new generation of gastronomists to perform on a par with the best and provide them with a significant professional boost to offer a world-class culinary experience to the industry.”
The third edition will take place over the course of 18 months, with final event taking place in Milan in June 2018. The extended duration for this edition 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. In addition, applications will now be accepted in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Italian.
All qualified applicants will be divided into 21 regions* according to their geographic origin. Submissions will then be evaluated by ALMA, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine, which will select the top 10 semifinalists for each geographic region, according to five “Golden Rules”: Ingredients, Skills, Genius, Beauty and Message.
The 10 selected semifinalists of each of the 21 geographic areas will compete in a Local Semifinals round, where live competitions will be held in each region from June to December. In June 2018, the 21 Young Chef finalists will gather in Italy for the Grand Finale event to compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title in front of Seven Sages, a distinguished panel of judges comprised of some of the most celebrated culinary masters of the world.
Over the course of the contest – 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 assigned individually to the young chefs, providing guidance throughout their exceptional journey.
The complete list of competition requirements is available on the application website.
S.Pellegrino Young Chef is a global competition realised in four phases:
PHASE I – Online Application (February 2017 – April 2017)
From February 1 toApril 30, 2017, any young chef in the world will have the opportunity to submit an application and their signature dish at www.sanpellegrino.com. Applying chefs must be 30-years-old or younger and have at least one year of experience working in a restaurant as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie. The complete list of competition requirements will be available on the application website.
PHASEII – Global Shortlist (June 1, 2017)
All qualified candidates will be divided into 21 regions* according to their geographic origin.Submissions will then be evaluated by ALMA, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine (www.alma.scuolacucina.it), which will select the top 10 semifinalists for each geographic region, according to five “Golden Rules”
- INGREDIENTS: Ability to select the best ingredients that the market can offer in terms of quality, freshness and uniqueness, in order to achieve an excellence of taste.
- SKILL: Ability to work with raw materials and turn them into a dish that respects their original essence.
- GENIUS: Ability to explore new, challenging, and innovative perspectives in relation to the culture of fine cuisine with a personal and contemporary style, while maintaining a perfect equilibrium of taste.
- BEAUTY: Dish presentation, giving an aesthetic enhancement of its contents.
- MESSAGE: Ability to communicate a clear message through one’s work and vision.
PHASE III – Local Challenges (June 7th – December 2017)
The ten selected semifinalists of each of the 21 geographic areas will compete in a Local Semifinals round, where live competitions will be held in each region from June 7 to December 31. During these events, the semifinalists will cook their signature dishes for an exclusive regional jury, composed of independent top chefs who will evaluate the presented dishes based on the five Golden Rules and select a winner.
By the end of December 2017, the 21Young Chefs from around the globe will be announced as the official finalists, who will move on to the world finals in Milan, Italy. Each finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the finals.
PHASE IV – S.Pellegrino Young Chef Finals (June 2018)
In June 2018, the 21 Young Chef finalists will gather in Milan for the Grand Finale event, hosted by S.Pellegrino. The chefs will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title, with the winner selected by the international Seven Sages panel of judges.
The complete contest regulations and application form will be available on www.sanpellegrino.com
Follow the competition on social media via the hashtag #SPYoungChef.
*THE 21GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS
- Russia/CIS (ex-Soviet Union)
- East Europe
- Mediterranean Countries
- Africa-Middle East
- Central America–Caribbean
- South America
- Pacific (Australia/NZ/Pacific Islands)
- North-East Asia
- South-East Asia
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