Elizabeth Puquio Landeo is the South America finalist for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018
After a day of outstanding performances from 10 of the best young chefs in South America, Elizabeth Puquio Landeo was announced as the winner of the South America local competition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018. The young chef will now advance to the global Grand Finale due to take place in May 2018 in Milan, Italy.
Elizabeth faced off against nine other contenders on 5 September at Le Cordon Bleu Institute, Lima, with her signature dish entitled ‘Pescado de la Costa’ or ‘Coastal Fish’ in front of a distinguished trio of chefs forming the local jury.
Rafael Osterling (Peru), Harry Sasson (Colombia) and Rodolfo de Santis (Brazil) tasted and evaluated each dish according to the ‘Golden Rules’ and it was Elizabeth’s marinated mackerel with squid ink mayonnaise, quenelled avocado and drops of lime gel garnished with oxalis, cappuccinos and salicornia served on a cold plate that secured her victory.
Elizabeth Puquio Landeo won with her signature dish Pescado de la Costa: marinated mackerel with squid ink mayonnaise, quenelled avocado and drops of lime gel garnished with oxalis, cappuccinos and salicornia served on a cold plate
Speaking of her win, the Peruvian chef de partie at Ambrosía restaurant in Chile, who has also worked in top restaurants like Maido and Borago commented: "I am grateful to the competition for giving so many young people the opportunity to achieve their dreams, not that I expected to win because I saw a lot of good competition among the participants. I'm very happy to live the experience and I feel a huge responsibility to represent Latin America’s cuisine. The idea of meeting so many interesting and passionate people about the same subject is just great and at next year’s final of S.Pellegrino Young Chef in Milan we will show you the best of Latin American food.”
Elizabeth will now spend the coming months honing and refining her dish with chef mentor Rafael Osterling’s support and guidance. The next time her dish will be scrutinised is at the Grand Finale in May 2018, where the Seven Sages, a panel of the world’s best chefs will assess her dish and ultimately decide on a winner from the 21 best young chefs from around the world.
Elizabeth Puquio Landeo with mentor chef Rafael Osterling
The local competition rounds, where semi-finalists from around the world will compete for the opportunity to move to the Grand Finale in Milan, will continue until December 2017. Check the local news page for all the updates.