It's been an anxious wait for young chefs around the world, but the moment has arrived when we can finally announce the names of the 210 lucky young chefs and semi-finalists who will begin their journey in the much anticipated S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018!
Click on any of the 21 regions below to find out if you have been selected or reveal the names of all the young chefs who will be competing head to head in each global region.
A big congratulations to all those young chefs who have been selected to compete in what was a rigorous application process which saw 30% more valid candidates than last year.
Each young chef regional semi-finalist was carefully picked by ALMA -The International School of Italian Cuisine, and according to each individual's signature dish were assessed with the same five criteria outlined in the Golden Rules: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message.
The semi-finalists will now proceed to the Local Competitions 2017 phase of the worldwide talent competition, which will unfold over the next six months, finishing in December 2017.
A total of 21 local competitions will be organised around the world where the young chef semi-finalists will go head to head cooking their signature dish for a panel of local chef judges.
The local jury will select the best young chef to represent the region on the global stage who will be accompanied on their culinary journey by a chef mentor.
The final stop will be the ultimate occasion, the opportunity to cook on the international platform of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Grand Finale in Milan on 12 and 13 May, when a top chef jury, known as the Seven Sages, will crown the best young chef in the world.
Check back with us to keep up to date on the upcoming news on the local competitions, regional winners and all announcements at S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018
S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Semi-Finalists