Since its inception in 2015, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition has helped identify the world’s best young culinary talents.
Now, S.Pellegrino is taking its role as nurturer of the next generation of visionary chefs further with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, launching 30 November.
The Academy, which will exist as a website, private Facebook group, and public social channels (Facebook and Instagram), will be a free resource for all those young and senior chefs, and S.Pellegrino partners, that have taken part in any edition of the competition, including all finalists from regional competitions, mentors, grand finalists and jurors.
A unique global community, rather than a cooking school, the Academy will connect the world’s best young chefs with the most influential personalities from the world of gastronomy, offering an outstanding program of education, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Activities will include online seminars, internship and mentoring opportunities through four-hands dinners and other public events, and the possibility for young chefs to converse with senior members of the Academy, i.e. some of the world’s best-known and successful chefs, via periodical discussions and private messaging. This could include, for example, the Seven Sages from the next S.Pellegrino Young Chef Grand Finale, which will take place in Milan in May 2021.
In contrast to traditional culinary schools, the Academy’s education program will focus on skills that have become ever more vital in today’s globalised, technology-driven world. Skills such as creating a business plan for a restaurant, developing marketing strategy, and SEO optimisation.
With gastronomy continuing to affect real change way beyond the boundaries of the kitchen, values such as inclusivity and sustainability will be at the heart of the Academy.
But it won’t just be young chefs that can benefit. A special young chef profiles database will be available in a reserved area of the website, where senior members can browse CVs when looking to secure human resources for ongoing collaborations or unique projects.
As the global pandemic has shown, digital communication is more important than ever for the industry: having dedicated virtual spaces to share experiences, ideas and opportunities has become crucial to deal with future challenges.
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy is just such a space.