The shortlist for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 competition was recently released and two Irish chefs have made it into the top 135.
Over 2,400 young chefs from all over the world applied for the prestigious competition before the candidates were whittled down to the best 135 chefs from 12 regions. The two Irish chefs to make the cut are Arlen Ortega from One Pico in Dublin and Nicolas Fagundes from Chapter One, which is also in Dublin.
The intimidating application process saw candidates submit their signature dish for tasting by experts, which included Jess Murphy of Kai in Galway, at the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine, ALMA. The dishes were critiqued on three key elements: technical skills, creativity and personal belief in the transformative power of gastronomy as a device for positive change in society.
Speaking about this year's competition, General Manager of ALMA Andrea Sinigaglia said,
“We have had the pleasure of collaborating with S.Pellegrino Young Chef since the very first edition, and every time we are amazed by the variety of ideas and the great passion shown by the candidates. For this edition, we selected 135 young talents and we are excited to see how they will perform first on a local, and then on a global scale. Good luck to all of them!”
To advance to the next stage of the competition, the candidates will compete in regional challenges in front of a local jury of independent chefs. By the end of December, the chefs that advance through the regional challenges will go on to compete in the Grand Finale in June 2020. Ahead of the finale, the finalists will train with mentor chefs to refine their signature dishes.
We can't wait to see which chefs make it through to the grand final and we have our fingers crossed for Ireland's two representatives! To see the full list of candidates, click here.