S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018: local competition news and updates

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 semi-finalists have been announced and the preliminary phase of challenges, or Local Competitions, in the third ever edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 are now half way through.

So far, ten global regions have experienced the thrill of the live culinary challenge where ten semi-finalists per region, as selected by Italian culinary school Alma, have had the chance to cook and serve their signature dishes to be tasted by a respective jury of distinguished chefs, being shortlisted to just one winner.

The Local Competition 2017 Winners so far, in reverse order:


Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais, chef de Partie from Automne in Montréal, has been named winner in the regional final held in Toronto 2 October with his dish of smoked eel and celeriac entitle "spring in  Kamouraska."


Frederic Chastro from Suna restaurant in Antwerp was named the winner of the local S.Pellegrino Young Chef contest on 25 September and will compete for the international title in Milan in June 2018. He will be accompanied to the final by mentor, Peter Goossens.


Chanwai Poon was the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 regional competition In China and will represent the nation at the global finals in Milan next year.



Antonio Buono is the finalist of S.Pellegrino Young Chef France with his signature dish of Mediterranean Scorpion fish, black rouille, rhubarb, wild celery and flowers from the mountains. He will represent France at the Grand Finale 2018 with his mentor, three Michelin star chef Frédéric Anton.



Edoardo Fumagalli is the Italian finalist in S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 with his signature dish : "Carabinieri shrimp, frosted sweetbreads, crispy algae and aromatic salad". He was named winner on 11 September by a six strong jury of top Italian chefs.



John Rivera is the Australian finalist and will represent the region at S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 in June. 



Elizabeth Puquio Landeo from Ambrosía restaurant in Chile took gold with her signature dish "Pescado De La Costa" on 5 September at Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Lima, Peru. 



David Wälti, sous chef at the “Eisblume” restaurant in Worb won the Swiss finals fending off nine other young talents in his country with his signature dish of salmon trout with herbal tea and marinated raw vegetables on 4 September in Zurich. Grand Chef André Jaeger will serve as a mentor the Swiss finalist helping him to develop his "signature dish” and optimise his performance ahead of the big day in Milan.



Constadina Voulgari took gold in the regional contest for the Mediterranean Countries in Tel Aviv on 10 July, with her partridge led signature dish: “Ellinon Gefsis.”  "Constadina made a dish with her heart, and you could taste the difference. Her preparations proved her high culinary skills, and she used interesting techniques, as well as unique products" effused mentor and chef judge Nikos Roussos. 



Germany and Austria kicked off the Local Competition phase in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday 26 June.

German chef, Falko Weiß, was crowned winner of the region with his signature dish of stewed pork belly, crawfish and tea time fond, entitled "City/Land/River" and inspired by his homeland.


The young chef from restaurant "à la Minute" restaurant in Trier, Germany will henceforth have the benefit of advice and mentorship from Karlheinz Hauser up until the Grand Finale.




The Local Competitions are now half way through, with the competition intensity ramping up from now onwards.

Expectant semi-finalists around the world are waiting anxiously for the chance to compete in their respective regions around the world, with the hope of being selected for what could be a life changing moment.

Those talented young chefs fortunate enough to beat their peers will have the even greater advantage of extra time to work closely with their nominated professional mentor chef, right up until the Grand Finale in June 2018.

Stay tuned to find out all the results as well as learn more about the top chef mentors in our individual interviews and updates. 

Originally published on Fine Dining Lovers. Find all the news here.