It will be the second year that S.Pellegrino has hosted the international project to seek out the world’s best chef aged 30 and under. The inaugural event saw more than 3,000 applications submitted, with the live final held in Milan in partnership with Vogue Italia.
The two-day Grand Finale will again head to the Italian city in 2016, however this year it will be judged by a new panel known as the Seven Sages. The jury will include chefs David Higgs, Carlo Cracco, Gaggan Anand and Mauro Colagreco.
Alma, the renowned training centre for Italian cuisine, has been brought on board to select ten semi-finalists each from 20 regions out of the initial online entries. The 200 semi-finalists will compete at live events in their respective areas to win a place in the final.
Last year saw the UK & Ireland’s Mark Moriarty claim the top prize in Milan. He is now fronting the 2016 campaign.
Moriarty said: "I was delighted and honoured to be named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015. The journey was an unforgettable, one off experience that I will always remember. I met so many fantastic chefs along the way and the title has made an incredible difference to my career as a whole."Comment below to let us know what you think.
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