The road to Milan is one step closer for the ten Australia-Pacific semi-finalists selected from thousands of applicants who will compete in the coming semi-finals for the coveted title of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018. Applications were submitted by young chefs from over 90 different countries, all of them looking for their chance to be part of S.Pellegrino’s global talent search for the world’s best young chef – a unique occasion to meet culinary talents from across the globe, share ideas, come into contact with different culinary cultures and learn.
Australia-Pacific’s 10 selected semi-finalists are:
Matteo Toffano, Grossi Florentino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Parveen Prasad, Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
John Rivera, Restaurant Lûmé, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Dario Manca, Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater, New South Wales, Australia
Zackary Furst, Ides, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Robert Fairs, Roots, Christchurch, New Zealand
Mattia Aloisio, Masion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park, Werribee Park, Victoria, Australia
Jason Kim, Sidart, Auckland, New Zealand
Joshua Gregory, Exp. Restaurant, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
William Mordido, Buko, Auckland, New Zealand
Each young chef’s application and signature dish was evaluated by experts at the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine, ALMA, in charge of the local finalist selection. The experts of ALMA evaluated the applications in adherence to the five “Golden Rules”: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
From June to December 2017 the semi-finalists of each region will compete in local challenges. Each region will have a jury composed of leading independent chefs, who will judge the semi-finalists’ signature dishes and select the best one, based on the five Golden Rules.
Australia-Pacific’s judging panel are:
Christine Manfield, author & chef, Universal & Paramount, Sydney Australia
Scott Pickett, Estelle, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Paul Carmichael, Momofuku, Sydney, Australia
Andrew McConnell, Supernormal, Melbourne, Australia
Jacques Reymond, L’Hôtel Gitan, Melbourne, Australia
For Australia-Pacifc the local challenge will again be held in Melbourne, Australia at the Crown College Culinarium.
By the end of December 2017, the 21 Young Chefs from around the globe will be announced as the official finalists, who will move on to the Grand Finale, to be held in June 2018. Each finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide them guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the international finals.
For further details on the competition and the semi-finalists visit www.sanpellegrino.com or click here.