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NOTE 9th December 2014 - Following up on the great amount of requests coming from candidates, we are postponing the deadline from the 15th to the 31st of December 2014 at 23:59 (GMT+1).
Applications are now open for one of the most exiting talent searches for young chefs ever conducted. As of today, chefs, sous chefs and chef de parties 30-years-old or under are open to apply to be considered for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 - an exciting international hunt that will see 20 young chefs picked and placed with mentors from all over the world.
S.Pellegrino is looking for chefs who demonstrate a mastery of ingredient selection, have the skills to transform raw materials into wonderful dishes, the genius to explore new horizons, the motivation to constantly stay creative and a true message to deliver. If you think you can create a dish that hits these points then S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 is just for you.
Chefs taking part in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 will also have the chance to have one of their dishes reinterpreted by one of 20 young designers chosen by Vogue Italia. The final 20 couples of chef and designer will present their dish and designs during a special ceremony at Expo Milano 2015, with a special prize awarded to the best duo.
Below is a breakdown of how the search will work, we suggest you take a look, get your recipe book and star applying now!
1 November - 31 December 2014
Chefs are asked to fill in some simple online forms and provide some basic details, uploading their cv, a recipe for their signature dish and photos of the their dish.
31 December 2014 – 15 January 2015
ALMA (the world's leading international educational and training center for Italian Cuisine) will select a maximum of 10 semi-finalists for each of the 20 world areas.
16 January – 28 February 2015
The semi-finalist chefs of each area will have to to cook their signature dish for a Local Jury who will select one finalist from their area.
1 – 31 March 2015
Vogue Italia chooses one young fashion designer from each of the finalist 20 areas. At this point 20 couples chef/designer will be formed.
1 April – 15 June 2015
The finalist chef and designer from each country will work together to interprete the chef’s signature dish with his/her own original creation. Both the signature dish and fashion creation will be presented at the final event in Milan.
25 - 26 June 2015
All finalists will be at Expo Milano 2015 (Italy) for the Grand Final. During the event, the finalist chefs prepare their signature dish to be judged by an International top chef Jury. The Jury will award just one as the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015. The 20 chef/designer couples' work will be judged by the Grand Final Event guests (journalists, PR agencies, etc.) and one duo will be awarded as Best Couple Chef/Designer 2015.