Here is the Local Chef Jury for Benelux
S.Pellegrino Young Chef, the global search for young culinary talent from across the world, has announced that chefs René Mathieu, Jaimie van Heije, Peter Goossens, Ron Blaauw and David Martin will form the jury for Benelux in the local competition.
The five chefs will be charged with selecting the best young chef from across the region during the local contest held in Den Haag in September 2017.
Meet the Benelux local jury
Chef René Mathieu was awarded for Best Vegetable Restaurant in 2013 but is most known for his Michelin star restaurant Chateau de Bourglinster* in Luxembourg: "I have no 'signature dish because I’m constantly changing my dishes but I love to work with vegetables which I love to combine with fruit."
Jaimie van Heije, formerly of restaurant Ron Blaauw, runs the kitchen at restaurant “Moon” located inside the revolving tower on the 19th floor of the Amsterdam landmark A’DAM Toren. The chef has a fluid style which he finds challenging to define: "I use all my experiences and inspiration to serve new dishes every day. I want to surprise people with new, exciting dishes, with influences from all over the world.”
Peter Goossens, known as ‘the Godfather of the Belgium cuisine’, opened his first restaurant in 1987. In 1992, he opened restaurant Hof van Cleve *** in Kruishoutem in Belgium. Since then Goossens has won many awards; in 1998 he was the youngest chef ever with two Michelin stars: "In our gastronomy, our knowledge is passed from generation to generation and I find that very important.”
Dutch chef Ron Blaauw started his professional life as a chef in Michelin starred restaurant De Kersentuin in Amsterdam, although these days he thinks also thinks of himself more as a ‘culinary entrepreneur’. Rob Blaauw’s restaurant portfolio includes, Bridges, Blaauw On Fifth, Ron Gastrobar*, The Fat Dog and Ron Gastrobar Oriental.
French chef David Martin has been with the competition since its debut, in the role of both local juror and mentor. Chef at Michelin starred “La Paix”, in Anderlecht, which he manages together with his wife Nathalie Obbiet, Martin has most recently also became partner of brasserie BOZAR. In the past he has worked with the likes of Alain Passard and Jean-Pierre Bruneau, and is most known for his imaginative Japanese influenced French cuisine using seasonal produce from his own cottage garden.
Following the local final, the Benelux finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide them with guidance in preparation for the Grand Finale in Milan, Italy on 12 and 13 2018.
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