S.Pellegrino Extends Application Period For Young Chef Academy Competition

By Dave Simpson
S.Pellegrino Extends Application Period For Young Chef Academy Competition

Applications for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/2023 are open, and the application period has now been extended for an additional month, until 31 May, 2022.

Competition Details

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 will offer young chefs the opportunity to start an educational journey that will culminate in the grand finale event planned for 2023. The 2019/21 edition, that has just closed, saw approximately 300 young chefs and mentors from 50 different countries and regions working together to improve their signature dishes. At the end, it was Jerome Ianmark Calayag who triumphed.

Young chefs under 30 years of age will have the chance to register for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 on until 30 April 2022. As with previous editions, in the first selection phase applications will be evaluated by ALMA, the International School of Italian Culinary Arts. ALMA will define a shortlist of young chefs who will participate in one of the 16 regional finals that will take place throughout the globe over the second half of 2022.

Regional finalists will be officially in the running for the title of the "S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2022-23". Applicants will also compete for three additional awards.

The full four awards are the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award, the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy and the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award.


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Statements By Inaugural Winner

Irish chef Mark Moriarty, who was the inaugural winner of the competition in 2015, stated, "The competition was a life changing opportunity for me, granting me access to some of the best chefs and kitchens around the world. It accelerated my career beyond what I thought possible and allowed me to map out my career and take advantage of numerous opportunities in the world of food."

Moriarty added, "Win or lose, the access this competition provides to the global restaurant community is a valuable prize in itself and I would encourage everyone to give it a go. With Ireland currently making its mark with new world class restaurants and ambitious young chefs, what better time to put yourself forward to represent our industry on the world stage?"

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