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The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 semi-finalists have now completed the preliminary phase of challenges, or Local Competitions, in the third ever edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018. The 21 winners will now have time to prepare for the prestigious Grand Finale which waits ahead of them.
All 21 regions across the globe have experienced the thrill of the live culinary challenge over the past few months. Ten semi-finalists per region, as selected by Italian culinary school Alma, have cooked and served their signature dishes for ajudication be a distinguished jury of chefs. The most talented young chef in each region has been crowned finalist.
The Local Competition 2017 winners:
Uk and Ireland
Killian Crowley, Chef de Partie, at Aniar Restaurant, Galway, Ireland has been crowned the best young chef in the UK and Ireland at the local competition held in London on 20 November. He will have the coming months to perfect his signature dish of turbot, kohlrabi and purslane under the mentorship of Angela Hartnett in preparation for the Grand Finale.
Central America and the Carribean
José Óscar Casimiro (on the right), representing Mexico and chef at Ajumú in Guadalajara is crowned the best chef in the Central America and Carribean local competition. He will now represent the region as the Grand Finale in May in 2018.
Spain and Portugal
Hoy hemos estado en el Teatro Goya de Madrid, formando parte del jurado de la Iberia Region de San Pellegrino Young Chef. Oriol Castro ha estado en el jurado junto a Josean Alina de @neruaguggenheimbilbao y Henrique Sá Pessoa de Alma. ¡Y el ganador ha sido David Andrés! Nuestra más sincera enhorabuena! #SPYoungChef #disfrutarbarcelona #disfrutarrestaurant
David Andrés is the regional winner for a third consecutive year. The sous chef from ABaC Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain was able to wow the judges once again, convincing them that he is the best young chef to represent the region at the Grand Finale.
North East Asia
Zih-Yang Chen is crowned the best young chef in the region with his signature dish “The Taste of Taiwan”. He will proceed to the Grand Finale with mentor chef Umberto Bombana.
Scandinavia & Baltics
Anton Husa, the chef at Upper House Dining in Göteborg, Sweden, will represent Scandinavia and the Baltics at the Grand Finale with his signature dish of "leek coated cod, caramelized celeriac, stuffed onions with smoked dill emulsion." He will spend the coming months perfecting his dish with mentor Henri Alen.
South East Asia
Jake Kellie is heading to the Grand Finale in Milan, after being named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 for SEA region, with his dish of aged pigeon.
Marcin Popielarz will represent East Europe in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Grand Finale. The chef from the White Rabbit Restaurant (PL Restauracja Bialy Krolik) in Gdansk, Poland took gold with his signature dish: Herring in Fisherman style With Cucumber and Dill.
Read all about his exciting win here.
John Taube has been chosen to represent the USA at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Grand Finale in Milan, Italy. The Sous Chef at the NoMad Hotel won with a simple looking dish of beetroot and squab that deceptively contained 51 different ingredients. He will be accompanied by mentor Gavin Kaysen to the Grand Finale.
Find out more about his victory here.
Africa and Middle East
Sous chef Vusumuzi Ndlovu from South Africa was named winner in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Africa and Middle East semi-final held on 16 October in Dubai with his dish titled ‘Isicupho.’ He will train for the Grand Finale with mentor chef Marthinus Ferreira.
Yasuhiro Fujio, the sous chef at La Cime in Osaka, Japan was named the best young chef in Japan with his dish entitled: "Across the Sea."
Ruslan Evstigneev has been crowned winner in the Russia-CIS local competition. He competed against 10 other hopefuls on 10 October in Moscow with his signature dish: Horse, kumiss, and barely. Nomad approach for a dinner. He will now represent the region at the Grand Finale supported by mentor chef Andrey Shmakov from Savva restaurant.
Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais, chef de Partie from Automne in Montréal, was named winner in the regional final held in Toronto on 2 October. His winning dish of smoked eel and celeriac was entitled "spring in Kamouraska." He will proceed to the Grand Finale alongside mentor chef Riccardo Bertolino.
Frederic Chastro from Suna restaurant in Antwerp was named the winner of the local S.Pellegrino Young Chef contest on 25 September and will compete for the international title in Milan in June 2018.
He will be accompanied to the final by mentor, Peter Goossens. You can find out more about them both here.
Chanwai Poon was the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 regional competition In China and will represent the nation at the global finals in Milan next year.
Read more about chef Poon from Aurora restaurant in Shanghai's win with his signature dish entitled "Childhood" here.
Antonio Buono is the finalist of S.Pellegrino Young Chef France with his signature dish of Mediterranean Scorpion fish, black rouille, rhubarb, wild celery and flowers from the mountains. He will represent France at the Grand Finale 2018 with his mentor, three Michelin star chef Frédéric Anton.
Edoardo Fumagalli is the Italian finalist in S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 with his signature dish : "Carabinieri shrimp, frosted sweetbreads, crispy algae and aromatic salad". He was named winner on 11 September by a six strong jury of top Italian chefs.
John Rivera is the Australian finalist and will represent the region at S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 in June. He will be accompanied to the Grand Finale by chef mentor Scott Picket. Catch the action as it happened in the video clip above.
Elizabeth Puquio Landeo from Ambrosía restaurant in Chile took gold with her signature dish "Pescado De La Costa" on 5 September at Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Lima, Peru. Find out more here.
David Wälti, sous chef at the “Eisblume” restaurant in Worb won the Swiss finals fending off nine other young talents in his country with his signature dish of salmon trout with herbal tea and marinated raw vegetables on 4 September in Zurich. Grand Chef André Jaeger will serve as a mentor the Swiss finalist helping him to develop his "signature dish” and optimise his performance ahead of the big day in Milan.
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.
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 up until the Grand Finale.
The Challenge Ahead:
The list of 21 finalists is now complete and the talented young chefs will have the coming months to work hard with their respective mentors, perfecting and finalising their dishes.
They will have until May 2018 when they will travel to Milan for the Grand Finale.