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Young chefs … Have you got what it takes?

Entries for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is now open and offers a brilliant opportunity for young chefs to gain visibility and prestige and to compete for the title of best young chef in the world!

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 will offer young chefs the opportunity to start an inspiring and educational journey, gaining global visibility and significant professional prestige during the whole selection process, which will culminate in the Grand Finale event planned for 2023.

The 2019/21 edition, which has just closed, saw about 300 talented Young chefs and Mentors from 50 different countries and regions, working together to improve their signature dishes, which were not simply recipes, but real ideas for a sustainable and inclusive culinary revolution. In the end, it was Jerome Ianmark Calayag who triumphed, becoming a point of reference for all those who wish to undertake the profession of a chef with a new look to the future.

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Young chefs under 30 years of age will have the chance to register for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 on www.sanpellegrinoyoungchefacademy.com from now until April 30 2022, providing personal and professional information and submitting the recipe of a signature dish able to communicate their personal vision, unique skills, and creativity

As with previous editions, in the first selection phase applications will be evaluated by 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.

Regional finalists will be officially in the running for the coveted title of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2022-23 which will boost their careers and grant them worldwide recognition. Applicants will also compete for three additional awards which will recognize the young chefs’ varied beliefs and approaches to create positive change in society through food.

The four awards are: 

  • S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award: it is the main competition award, voted for by the Seven Sages, an esteemed panel of internationally renowned chefs. The winning chef will have to demonstrate unrivalled technical skills as well as genuine creativity. The young talent should also display a strong personal belief regarding gastronomy, that will convince the Jury of their ability to become a catalyst for positive change.
  • S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility: voted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, which runs the Food Made Good, the largest foodservice sustainability programme and global community for driving sustainability in hospitality, this dish will represent the principle that food is at its best when it’s the result of socially responsible practices, encompassing sourcing, social and environmental requirements. Submissions to this award are judged according to 8 criteria: resource use, climate impact, biodiversity, food waste, nutrition, collaboration, advocacy, innovation.
  • Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy: voted for by Mentors, the winner of this award will produce a dish that represents the culinary heritage of the native region. The dish should highlight traditional culinary practices and personal modern vision, providing a connection between the past and the future.
  • Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award: voted for by the online Fine Dining Lovers community, this award will be for the young chef who will be able to best represent his/her personal belief within his/her signature dish.

Details: www.sanpellegrinoyoungchefacademy.com.  

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