Jerome Ianmark Calayag from Sweden has been named as the best young chef in the UK and northern Europe regional heat of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019 following a day of competitive cooking in London this week.
Competing against the most talented 15 chefs in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark it was Jerome Ianmark Calayag's signature dish,"humble vegetables", which wowed the panel of judges, including Jess Murphy, Bjorn Svensson, Brian Mark Hansen, Estee Strooker, Frida Ronge, Adam Byatt and Monica Galetti convincing them of his ability to represent the region at an international level.
Speaking of his win the chef from 'Restaurant Portal' in Stockholm, Sweden announced “I am very excited to represent the UK and North Europe in Milan next year at the global final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for this evening and I’m grateful for all the support I have received. I’m looking forward to seeing where this competition will take me next.”
This year’s UK and North Europe final also saw Killian Crowley – winner of the 2017 UK and Ireland final create a special, four-course celebratory dinner to mark S.Pellegrino’s 120th anniversary.
In addition to the regional title, three other young chefs were also awarded in this heat, to reflect the belief and support of S.Pellegrino to the transformative power of gastronomy and its impact beyond cooking. They will join the S.Pellegrino Young Chef award winner at the Grand Finale next year with a chance of winning the global title in their category:
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 best represents their personal belief within their dish.
Winner: Nicolas Fagundes Galindo (Ireland) with his signature dish, "Flavors And Textures Of Palm And Ox Tongue."
S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility
Voted by Food Made Good, the internationally recognized voice on Sustainability in food, this dish will represent the principle that that food is best when it is the result of sustainable practices.
Winner: Pippa Lovell (UK) with her signature dish "What She Found."
Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy
Voted by the Regional Mentors, the winner of this award will produce a dish that represents diversity and recognises the beauty of different cultures coming together to create something fresh and exciting.
Winner: Timothee Martin-Nadaud (UK) with his signature dish, "The World Is Your Oyster".