Source: S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy


After the great success of last year's competition, the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition returns this year to provide young gastronomy talents with a unique opportunity to grow and develop their skills, and establish an international professional network of people with the same passion.

Participating in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is a unique opportunity to enter an ambitious, visionary and long-term project, through which S.Pellegrino contributes to the evolution not only of the culinary community, but of society as a whole, identifying and educating the talents that will form the next generation of young chefs.

This 5th edition is expected to be more imposing and better than ever, with several improvements in the format. The biggest highlight will be the number of participating regions, which will increase from 12 to 15, resulting in the largest number of regional finals ever.

In addition, gender balance and inclusion have always characterized this project. For S.Pellegrino, the gastronomy sector can be a challenge for women chefs, who are often under-represented. Therefore, in each regional final, at least 33% of the cooks will be women.

Once again, the competition will include three additional awards: the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, voted by the competition's mentors, the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, voted by Food Made Good, and the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, voted by the readers of the online magazine.

The contest has different phases. In the first one, applications are evaluated by Alma (the International School of Italian Cuisine), which selects the list of young chefs who will participate in one of 15 regional finals: from Canada, the US and Latin America to Europe and the United Kingdom, passing through China and the Pacific area. At each event, chefs must present their star dishes to a local jury of renowned chefs.

From each regional final, four chefs will advance to the Grand Final. This will take place in September 2023 in Milan, and it will be Pía León, Riccardo Camanini, Hélène Darroze, Vicky Lau, Julien Royer, Nancy Silverton and Eneko Atxa, true superstars of the world of gastronomy, the Seven Sages who will be in charge of crowning the best young chef of the world of 2022 and 2023.

Find out who the regional finalists of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 are. Good luck to everyone!