Maria José Jordan is the Latin America and Caribbean Winner
Maria José Jordan of Amaz restaurant in Lima, Peru, has won the Latin America and Caribbean region semi-final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition - the inaugural global talent search to find the world’s best young chef. The young chef de partie is the first and only female chef chosen to travel to the grand final in Milan in June, where she will compete with 19 other young chefs from around the globe to be crowned the world’s best young chef.
Jordan beat nine other semi-finalists with her signature dish Immortal Technique: Citrus, Rosemary, Gin. A jury panel comprising chefs Alex Atala, Mitsuharu Tsumura and Jorge Vallejo was impressed with the dish, which was judged on five key elements: ingredients, skill, originality, presentation and message. Jordan considers herself a creative, proactive and organised chef, with a firm appreciation of modern cuisine, techniques and equipment.
Currently working at Lima's Amaz restaurant, she gained vital experience in both north and south America, notably at Astrid & Gaston in Lima, and WD-50 in New York. Despite a deep knowledge of Peruvian food and its enormous variety of ingredients, Jordan is always keen on learning, improving and sharing her knowledge of gastronomy.
She now faces the ultimate challenge at Expo Milano 2015, where she will be mentored by a master chef from her own region, who will guide her through the intricate process of honing her signature dish. Teaming up with a young fashion designer chosen by Vogue Italia, her efforts will be judged by a panel that reads like a who’s who of contemporary gastronomy: Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura, Gaston Acurio, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Yannik Alleno, Margot Janse, and Eric Ripert.