With S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 well underway, 210 regional semi-finalists have already been selected, the local juries are complete and the local competitions are underway (find out the latest news here).
Each of the 21 regions competing has been allocated a local jury (one for every world region) of world class professional chefs. The team of culinary heavyweights will select the most talented young chef in the region with the capacity to represent the area on the world stage at the Grand Finale of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 in Milan.
A chef from each local jury has already been, or will be selected as the area mentor, and will provide the local finalist with tutelage and support up until and including the Grand Finale.
See the full list of chefs forming the local jury for each of the 21 regions below plus new of the local winners when the competition has taken place.
(Please note that in some regions the mentor will be announced following the local competition to ensure geographical proximity to the winner's country.)
The Local Jury Members by Region and the Local Finalists, as announced
Frédéric Anton - Mentor (you can meet him here)
Antonio Buono is the young chef winner for France.
Anthony Genovese - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Edoardo Fumagalli is the Italian winner
Yasuhiro Fujio is the young chef winner for Japan.
Germany and Austria
Karlheinz Hauser - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Peter Goossens - mentor
Jaimie van Heije
Jacqueline Qiu - Mentor (you can meet her here in our interview here)
Riccardo La Perna
Spain and Portugal
Oriol Castro - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Henrique Sa Pessoa
Africa and Middle East
Marthinus Ferreira - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Vusumuzi Ndlovu is the young chef winner for Africa and Middle East.
Richard Ekkebus - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Umberto Bombana - mentor (meet him in our interview here)
NB Gaggan Anand retired from the jury prior to the local competition due to work commitments and was replaced by Umberto Bombana.
Nikos Roussos - Mentor (Meet him in our interview here)
André Jaeger - Mentor
Rafel Osterling - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Rodolfo de Santis
Elizabeth Puquio Landeo is the regional finalist.
Andrey Shmakov - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Scandinavia and Baltics
Henri Alen - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Nikolaj Schmidt Skadborg
Central America and the Caribbean
Mikel Alonso - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Ricardo Bertolino - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
Scott Pickett - Mentor (meet him in our interview here)
John Rivera is the regional finalist
Wojciech Modest Amaro - Mentor - (meet him in our interview here)