Grégoire Berger is the Winner of the Africa and Middle East, S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016
Grégoire Berger, Chef of Restaurant Ossiano Fine Dining, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has been named the winner in the Africa & Middle East final of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 and will represent the region at the Grand Final in Milan later in the year.
10 semi-finalists competed head to head in the regional semi-final which took place at the South African's Chef Academy in Cape Town on 26 July. Each of the chefs prepared their signature dish, which was presented to the local jury – a trio of professional chefs including Chantel Dartnall (mentor), Meryem Cherkaoui and Christopher Lester.
The Winning Dish
Grégoire Berger's signature dish of “Kerguelen island legine & Cured Goose, Ponzu Insert, Potato Shell Stuffed With Agria Espuma, Roasted & Sour Jus, Artichoke and Black truffle , Shimeji , Tarragon Powder” was deemed to be the dish that responded most successfully to the judging criteria of the five “Golden Rules”: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message.
Explaining the concept behind his winning dish, Berger commented: “This dish is a token of gratitude to thank all the chefs with whom I used to work. They taught me everything: from different signature products to techniques. The design is a walk in the woods in autumn, during a rainy day, my favourite atmosphere…”
The Grand Final
“I’m thrilled to represent the Africa and Middle East region in Milan,” said an enthused chef Grégoire of his win. “The Grand Final in October will be a great opportunity to meet and compete against other young chefs from all over the world."
Chef Dartnell will help Berger perfect his dish in the build up to the Grand Final, accompanying him to the last stage of the competition where he will compete against 19 other candidates and present his signature dish to a grand jury of seven top international judges for the opportunity of winning S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016.