Applications for the 2020 edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition increased by 20% compared to the 2019 edition
Dublin, 9th July 2019 – 135 young chef candidates from 12 regions, including two young chefs from Ireland, have been shortlisted for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 Grand Finale. There were over 2,400 applicants from all over the world who wanted to take part in this globally renowned competition to find the world’s best young chef.
Chefs Arlen Oretega from Dublin’s One Pico restaurant and Nicolas Fagundes from Chapter One restaurant, also located in Dublin, were amongst those selected for the shortlist by a judging panel of culinary experts from across the globe, which included Jess Murphy from top Galway restaurant, Kai. Arlen and Nicolas are now one step closer to representing Ireland at the prestigious S.Pellegrino Young Chef Grand Finale next year.
Each young chef’s application and signature dish was evaluated by culinary experts at the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine, ALMA, who oversee the candidate selection. ALMA’s selection process hinged on three key criteria: technical skills, creativity and a personal belief in the transformative power of gastronomy as a device for positive change in society.
“We have had the pleasure of collaborating with S.Pellegrino Young Chef since the very first edition, and every time we are amazed by the variety of ideas and the great passion shown by the candidates”, said Andrea Sinigaglia, General Manager of ALMA. “For this edition we selected 135 young talents and we are excited to see how they will perform first on a local, and then on a global scale. Good luck to all of them!”
From August to December 2019, the candidates of each region will compete in 12 regional challenges. Each region will have a jury composed of leading independent chefs, who will judge the candidates’ signature dishes and select the regional winners of the four awards.
By the end of December 2019, the Young Chefs from around the globe announced as official finalists of the four awards will move on to the Grand Finale to be held in June 2020. Throughout the months, each finalist will be accompanied by Mentor Chefs, who will provide them with guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the international finals.