Anton Lebersorger has been crowned winner in the Central Europe regional final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 following a day's intense culinary competition in Cologne, Germany.
The 24-year-old chef de partie at the Goldberg Restaurant & Winelounge, in Fellbach near Stuttgart, not only came out on top against 10 hopeful young chefs from across the country to be named the best young chef in Central Europe, but he was also awarded the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy prize.
Lebersorger'ssignature dish of ‘Bresse chicken carrot from "Schmiedener Feld“ / cabbage kimchi / Thai béarnaise', was selected as the best in the competition, by a local jury of Julia Komp (Sahila, Cologne), Daniel Gottschlich (Ox & Klee, Cologne), Tim Raue (Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin) and Christoph Kunz (formerly Restaurant Alois, Munich) for it's technical and creative flair, as well as for its ability to trancend borders.
"This dish is my handwriting, it is all the experiences I collected over the years in every kitchen I worked, starting from what my mother cooked for me when I was a child. My Grandma created many dishes with offal, and that was the inspiration for my ragout. I love to make some old, traditional dishes in a new, modern way, with a touch of Asian style," said Lebersorger of his dish, which he will now get the chance to present at the Grand Finale in Milan next year.
Lebersorger was not alone in his jubilant win, with two of his peers also winning prizes. Saskia Vorhemus won the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility with her dish, 'What Nature Gives Us'. Her culinary philosophy is to draw on the season and harness the potential of raw ingredients on the plate.
Mary Anne Peñaloza Villafuerte was awarded the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, voted for by the online community, for her dish of 'pork neck with hogao, tamarind and guacamole'. She edges one step closer to her dream of opening a restaurant in Germany, expressing the culture and tradition of Latin America through her food.
Both winners of the collateral prizes will now go on to compete for the global prizes.
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