After Dubliner Mark Moriarty scooped the major accolade last year, two chefs from Ireland are still in the running to follow in his footsteps at the renewal of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition.
Romuald Bukaty (pictured), chef de partie at Avenue by Nick Munier in Dublin, and Giugliano Alfonso, sous chef at Cornstore Restaurant in Cork, are two of ten semi-finalists picked from Ireland and the UK to make the shortlist.
Young chefs from more than 90 different countries submitted their applications together with their signature dishes, all hoping to compete in the 2016 edition of S.Pellegrino's global talent search to find the best young chef in the world.
For Ireland and UK, the next stage of the local challenge will be held on Tuesday 21 June, 2016 at Waitrose Cookery School, London. The Jurors for the event include Ross Lewis, JP McMahon, Ollie Dabbous and Claude Bosi.
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 offers the opportunity for participants to face and learn from other talent, gain global visibility and come in close contact with some of the most renowned chefs on the planet, such as those of the impressive Seven Sages grand finale jury, composed by David Higgs, Carlo Cracco, Gaggan Anand, Elena Arzak, Mauro Colagreco, Wylie Dufresne and Roberta Sudbrack.
The 20 finalists will compete in the Grand Finale on October 13 in Milan, which will include two demanding days of cooking in front of the Seven Sages jury that will determine the overall winner.