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The S.Pellegrino Young chef 2018 semi-finalists have been announced and the preliminary phase of challenges, or Local Competitions, in the third ever edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 are underway ...
So far, two regions have experienced the thrill of the live culinary challenge where ten semi-finalists per region, as selected by Italian culinary school Alma, have had the chance to cook and serve their signature dishes to be tasted and assessed by a repective jury of acclaimed chefs.
The Local Competitions 2017 so far:
Germany and Austria
Germany and Austria kicked off the Local Competition phase in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday 26 June.
German chef, Falko Weiß, was crowned winner of the region with his signature dish of stewed pork belly, crawfish and tea time fond, entitled "City/Land/River" and inspired by his homeland.
The young chef from restaurant "à la Minute" restaurant in Trier, Germany will henceforth have the benefit of advice and mentorship from Karlheinz Hauser, helping him to develop his skills right up until the Grand Finale.
Meanwhile, Constadina Voulgari took gold in the regional contest for the Mediterranean Countries in Tel Aviv on 10 July, with her partridge led signature dish: “Ellinon Gefsis.”
"Constadina made a dish with her heart, and you could taste the difference. Her preparations proved her high culinary skills, and she used interesting techniques, as well as unique products" effused mentor and chef judge Nikos Roussos. The young chef from Crete secured her victory over 9 other semi-finalists from Greece, Turkey and Israel and will now have the chance to cook on the world stage against 20 finalists in Milan in June 2018.
The Challenge Ahead:
The rest of the Local Competitions are yet to come, with the competition intensity ramping up from September onwards.
Expectant semi-finalists around the world are waiting anxiously for the chance to compete in their respective regions around the world, with the hope of being selected for what could be a life changing moment.
Those talented young chefs fortunate enough beat their peers will have the even greater advantage of extra time to work closely with their nominated professional mentor chef up, right up until the Grand Finale in Milan in June 2018.
Stay tuned to find out all the results as well as learn more about the top chef mentors in our individual interiews and updates. Find all the news here.