Now in its fourth year, the contest champions young professional chefs under the age of 30 who have worked in the industry for at least a year. Previous winners include Australian chef John Rivera, who went on to become the executive chef of Melbourne’s Lûmé Restaurant.
Competing chefs will be expected to produce a signature dish that demonstrates ‘unrivalled technical skills as well as genuine creativity’.
“This landmark fourth edition of Young Chef represents the genuine commitment of S.Pellegrino to continue developing an initiative that truly nurtures the future of gastronomy,” says Stefano Marini, director of the S.Pellegrino International Business Unit.
“We are committed to supporting the international gastronomy community by nesting, discovering and promoting the next generation of culinary talent, enabling it to demonstrate their personal belief leveraging the transformative power of gastronomy.”
As well as the main award, there will be three additional categories: the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thoughts Award, the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, and the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy.
The main award will be judged by a jury known as the Seven Sages, who are all considered to be leading gastronomic experts. They are: Virgilio Martínez, Margarita Forés, Brett Graham, Annie Féolde, Dominique Crenn, Anna Roš and Paul Pairet.
Applications for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019/20 are now open and will run until 30 April. For more information, click here.