David Andrés Morera of Barcelona’s ABaC restaurant has won the Spain-Portugal region semi-final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition - the global talent search to find the world’s best young chef. The 27-year-old sous chef was chosen to travel to the grand final at Expo Milano 2015 in June, where he will compete with 19 other young chefs from around the globe to be crowned the world’s best young chef.
Morera beat nine other talented young chefs with his signature dish, entitled simply Onions. A jury panel comprising Ángel León, Elena Arzak and Jose Avillez (pictured above) judged the dishes on five key elements: ingredients, skill, originality, presentation and message. The Spanish chef started out at Jean Louis Neichel’s Barcelona restaurant, before stints at ABaC, Restaurant Hofmann and El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, under the celebrated chef Joan Roca. He returned to ABaC in 2010, where he remains as sous chef. Morera lists a passion for cooking and a respect for the products and culinary traditions of his country among his key qualities.
He now faces the ultimate test in Milan, where he will be mentored by a master chef who will guide him through the intricate process of honing his signature dish. Teaming up with a young fashion designer chosen by Vogue Italia, his efforts will be judged by a panel that reads like a who’s who of contemporary gastronomy: Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura, Gaston Acurio, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Yannik Alleno, Margot Janse, and Eric Ripert.