Destiny Antommarchi has been crowned the 12th winner of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition held in Napa Valley, California. Antommarchi, who studies at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, beat out four other regional finalists with her stellar dish of Asian-inspired Grouper.
Antommarchi's winning dish was selected by a panel of experts that included Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde, Chad Anderson of Oak Steakhouse Atlanta, Wilfred Bergerhausen of Le Cirque, JJ Johnson of The Cecil, Christina Grdovic, publisher of Food & Wine magazine, and Kristen Thibeault, winner of the 2013 S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition.
Not only does Antommarchi receive a prestigious title but winning the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition also guarantees the rising star a one-year paid apprenticeship with a celebrity chef.
Fresh off her win, Antommarchi said, “This competition is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am honored to have been chosen as this year’s winner. The lessons I’ve learned over the past three months will help inspire and guide me as I focus on the next chapter of my culinary career."
Other prizes awarded during the competition include: