Meet Paul Moran, the Canadian finalist | S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015
Paul Moran of CMH-K2 Rotor Lodge in Naksup, British Columbia, has won the Canada semi-final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition - a global talent search to find the world’s best young chef. The Canadian chef was selected to travel to the grand final in June, at Expo Milano 2015, where he will compete with 19 other young chefs from around the globe to be crowned the world’s best young chef.
At the semi-final event in Toronto, judges Susur Lee, Matty Matheson and Cory Vitiello were impressed by Moran’s signature dish (pictured above) of smoked and roasted blood pigeon with beet jus, charcoal oil, polenta and salsify. Despite stiff competition from nine other young chefs, Moran’s dish met the five key criteria for success in the competition: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message. “It’s a great feeling to represent Canada in Milan,” said a jubilant Moran. “I’m already thinking about Italy and competing with the other young chefs from around the world.”
Born in Vancouver, Moran has worked his way up the ranks, with stints in Dubai, Nice, Montreal, Paris, Vancouver, Banff and Whistler before joining his current team in Naksup. In 2013, he was the first recipient of the annual Hawksworth Young Chef award in Canada. Moran lists a passion for ingredients - especially wild plants and mushrooms - and a connection with his surroundings as key attributes in his quest to be crowned the world’s best young chef.
He now faces the ultimate test in Milan, where he will be mentored by a master chef who will guide him through the intricate process of honing his signature dish. Teaming up with a young fashion designer chosen by Vogue Italia, his 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.