Meet the North-East Asia Jury for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018
UPDATE: Due to work commitments, Gaggan Anand was unable to attend the local final and was instead replaced by Umberto Bombana.
Margarita Forés, Jason Tan, André Chiang, Ray Adriansyah, and Gaggan Anand are this year’s chef judges tasked with choosing between ten semi-finalists from across North East Asia in November 2017 in Taipei.
As regular contenders in the world’s top restaurant lists, the team come equipped with an expert vision demanding of the qualities they will expect in a young chef capable of rising to the top.
They will select just one winner based on their signature dish served to them during a live cooking competition and judged against the Five Golden Rules. The winner will be mentored by one of the professional chefs right up until the Grand Finale in Milan in 2018.
Meet the North East Asia Jury
Margarita Forés – Philippines
Margarita Forés is the chef behind Cibo, Lusso, Grace Park, Alta and many other culinary ventures in the Philippines. She first specialised in home-style Italian cuisine, which she learnt 30 years ago from 3 signoras during her stay in Italy. After 3 decades in the restaurant and catering businesses, Forés has now become a strong advocate for Philippine cuisine and produce worldwide. In 2016, she was recognised and awarded ‘Asia’s Best Female Chef’ by World's 50 Best Restaurants.
Jason Tan – Singapore
Jason serves gastro botanica cuisine at Corner House which has been recognised at no.23 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. He previously held the position of executive chef at Sky on 57, where he spent four years. Prior to that, he cut his teeth at prominent fine dining restaurants including Le Saint Julien in Singapore and Robuchon Au Dôme in Macau.
André Chiang – Singapore
Taiwan born and French trained, Chef Andre's mentors as a young chef include Pascal Barbot, Pierre Gagnaire, Joel Robuchon and Michel Troisgros. Andre made an indelible impression on the culinary scene since opening Restaurant ANDRE in late 2010, soon becoming one of the most influential chefs in Asia, sitting at no.2 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 and no.14 on World's 50 Best Restaurants 2017. His restaurant RAW was also one of Asia’s Top 50 Restaurants a year after its opening, and was recently ranked #24 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2017.
Ray Adriansyah – Indonesia
Indonesian born Ray Adriansyah first pursued his love of cooking overseas in New Zealand before returning home to Jakarta where he met Eelke Plasmeijer. They later moved to Bali and conceived Locavore together with Adi Karmayasa in November 2013. Locavore is currently ranked no.22 and also awarded the highest climber on The Asia Top 50 Best Restaurant 2017.