Seven of the UK & North Europe’s award-winning chefs; Monica Galetti of Mere (UK); Adam Byatt of Trinity (UK); Brain Mark Hansen of Søllerød Kro (Denmark); Frida Ronge of TAK (Sweden); Estée Strooker of Amusement (Netherlands); Jess Murphy of Kai Café and Restaurant (Ireland); Bjorn Svensson of Galta (Oslo) are joining forces with S.Pellegrino in a global search to find the world’s best young chef.
As part of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 competition, the panel of seven jurors will be tasked with judging 15 of the UK & North Europe’s Young Chef semi-finalists on 12th November 2019, selecting one outstanding individual to represent both territories in the global final in Milan in May 2020.
The 15 UK & North Europe semi-finalists will prepare and cook their very own signature dish for the jury in an exciting cook-off, which will be critiqued across five areas including ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
The stellar line up of top chefs on the jury will see the UK & North Europe progress their very best Young Chef to Milan, making their mark internationally by competing on a global stage. The candidates’ signature dishes will determine the winners of each of the awards, which this year include: the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award (judged by the independent chef jury), the Fine Dining Lovers Food For Thoughts Award (voted for by the online Fine Dining Lovers community), the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility (voted for by Food Made Good) and the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy (voted for by the Young Chefs’ mentors). The winner of the UK & North Europe regional final will be accompanied by a mentor chef to compete for the title of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 in Milan.
This year’s UK and North Europe final will also see Killian Crowley – winner of the 2017 UK & Ireland final – and previous judge – JP McMahon of Aniar – collaborate on a celebratory dinner to mark S.Pellegrino’s 120th anniversary.
For the first time, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition has signed a global partnership with Food Made Good to address social responsibility throughout the competition. Born from the founders of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Food Made Good is committed to driving sustainability within the food industry, working with chefs, restaurants, suppliers and food service businesses. As part of the partnership, Food Made Good will be judging the Social Responsibility Award at both a regional and global level.
Monica Galetti says, “The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition is a great opportunity for young, ambitious chefs to be recognised for their work on a global level and provides a springboard for their career. I’m honoured to be able to work alongside S.Pellegrino to champion the next generation of great chefs, and encourage them to fulfill their potential throughout the competition.”
This carefully selected UK & North Europe jury has an exciting job ahead of them. On 12th November 2019, one talented Young Chef will impress the jury and begin their journey to Milan to compete for the title of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020.