S.Pellegrino has announced the seven jurors who will be judging the Grand Finale of their Young Chef 2020 competition, taking place in Milan on 7-9 May 2020.
As constantly engaged talent platform that nurtures the future of gastronomy, S.Pellegrino Young Chef saw 134 young chefs all over the globe taking part in live cook-offs in front of international jury panels from the participating countries of twelve different regions. The twelve finalists will cook in front of the Seven Sages, an esteemed jury panel made up of seven giants of global gastronomy who, believing that the culture and ethics behind a plate will make the difference for a chef in the future, will judge their dishes to find the final winner.
The ‘Seven Sages’ are:
- Mauro Colagreco, the Italian-Argentine chef who has been declared No 1 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2019 with his three-Michelin star restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France. He works to provide maximum quality through using local ingredients, stating; “As chefs, we are obliged to focalize on the sustainability and the future of our planet.”
- Andreas Caminada, a Swiss chef and entrepreneur who holds three Michelin stars at his restaurant Schloss Schauenstein. His philosophy is to stay true to his roots, only using seasonal ingredients from surrounding castle grounds or hand-picked local producers. He received the World’s 50 Best Sustainable Restaurant Award for his environmental and social approach at Schloss Schauenstein in 2019.
- Clare Smyth, the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars, named the World’s Best Female Chef 2018 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The ingredients she uses for her British cuisine are selected after a long research among local farmers and independent artisanals and have a strong ethic and sustainable aspect.
- Pim Techamuanvivit, is the executive chef of Nahm in Bangkok (one Michelin star since 2017), and the chef/owner Kin Khao (one Michelin star since 2015) and the recently-opened Nari in San Francisco. Committed to sustainability and food waste prevention, she supports the future of Thai food by working closely with local artisan producers, fishermen, and farmers to source impeccable ingredients for her kitchens.
- Enrico Bartolini is currently the most starred Italian chef. In 2019 his restaurant, Enrico Bartolini – Mudec, received three Michelin stars, marking the return of a three-stars restaurant in Milan, after more than 25 years. His philosophy is to be contemporary classic, blending tradition with innovation and endless experimentation, to create new flavours that are packed with memories.
- Manoella Buffara, a Brazilian chef who studied in Italy. Her restaurant Manu was named ‘One to Watch’ by Latin America’s 50 Best in 2018, and to promote sustainability she created a model in which the protection of nature is the task of everyone, using urban gardens to bring communities together by sharing crops.
- Gavin Kaysen, owner of the Spoon and StableRestaurant in Minneapolis, is a gifted U.S. chef and a visionary entrepreneur. Believing that mentorship is still very relevant in the gastronomy profession, Kaysen is strongly committed in helping the next generation of young culinarians refining their skills in the kitchen. He is one of the founding mentors of the nonprofit Ment’or BKB Foundation (formerly Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation) and he took part in the Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 event, mentoring the winning candidate for USA team.
The jurors will be judging the finalists based on three key attributes – technical skills, creativity, and personal belief – as well as the candidates’ potential to create positive change in society through food. The chef who displays these attributes most successfully will be crowned S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020.
This year’s culinary journey will also host a one-day Forum curated by Fine Dining Lovers – the online leading voice in gastronomy by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna for worldwide food enthusiasts – that will be dedicated to human and food sustainability in Gastronomy. Young and top chefs will take turns on stage to share their view and experience about kitchen culture and sustainable practices: to name one for all, the world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura will run a special lecture.