Top chefs David Martin (Belgium), Filip Claeys (Belgium), Giovanni Bruno (Belgium), Tim Boury (Belgium), Ilario Mosconi (Luxembourg) and Hans van Wolde (The Netherlands) will form the jury for the Benelux region in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition. In the global talent search to find the world’s best young chef they will judge ten semi-finalists from across the region, selecting just one talented young chef to go through to the grand final in Milan in October 2016.
French chef David Martin was a member of the Benelux local jury last year and takes on the additional role of mentor to the winning regional finalist in this year's competition offering guidance and support up until the Grand Final. Martin heads up the kitchen at La Paix, which was established in Anderlecht in 1892 and holds one Michelin star. He has also been running BOZAR Brasserie (the “Best Brasserie” in 2013 according to Gault&Millau) for five years. He has worked with the likes of Alain Passard and Jean-Pierre Bruneau, and is most known for his imaginative Japanese influenced French cuisine using seasonal produce from his own cottage garden.
Filip Claeys joins the team from his two Michelin starred restaurant, De Jonkman, which he runs with his wife in Bruges, Belgium. Filip likes to think outside of the box, choosing a kitchen that is original and authentic. To his mind being a kitchen chef is the most beautiful profession in the world.
Giovanni Bruno draws on his Italian roots in his Brussels based restaurant Senzanome where he sources the best ingredients and creates modern Italian cooking which has been recognised with a Michelin star.
Tim Boury joins the team from his acclaimed restaurant Boury which he runs alongside his wife in Belgium. Tim was awarded 'Fish cook of the year' in 2009 and elected 'Young Chef of the Year 2014' by Gault and Millau.
Italian born chef Ilario Mosconi brings a touch of Italy to Luxembourg city with his acclaimed restaurant Mosconi. Taking the title of first Italian restaurant to obtain a Michelin star in Benelux he continues to be a great ambassador for Italian cuisine.
Finalising the team is dutch chef Hans van Wolde who takes time out from his two Michelin starred Maastrict restaurant Beluga. Hans is no stranger to the spotlight having several accolades to his name as well as making frequent appearances on TV cookery shows like 'Topchef' and 'Masterchef.'