Entries open for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition 2024 

Chefs under 30 are invited to showcase their talent and creativity in the global competition with applications closing on June 19 2024

The Academy will open its doors to members
from more than 70 different countries

S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is the global initiative to discover and mentor the most promising and talented young chefs. The Competition has invited the world’s most talented chefs under 30 years old to apply.   

The application process closes on 19 June 2024. 

The participants will have the opportunity to join an international community and be empowered through education, mentoring, networking, and career opportunities. During the course of the competition, they will be mentored closely by world-renowned chefs who will help them bring their vision for the future to the table.

Chefs can apply by submitting the recipe of a signature dish that communicates their vision, unique skills, and creativity. 

As with previous editions, the first selection phase will be evaluated by ALMA, the International School of Italian Culinary Arts. ALMA will define a shortlist of young chefs who will participate in the Regional Finals that will take place across the globe through the second half of 2024. 

Regional winners will compete at the Grand Finale event to win the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2024-25. To win the title, the chefs must impress the global Grand Jury – a panel of internationally renowned chefs – by demonstrating unrivalled technical abilities as well as true creativity. 

The winning talent should also display a strong personal belief regarding gastronomy, to convince the jury of their ability to become a catalyst for positive change. The last edition saw Portugal’s Nelson Freitas triumph, emerging as the best chef in the world under 30.

Mark Moriarty, award-winning chef, TV host and author, said: “Winning the SPYCA has opened up numerous avenues that would not have been possible before. I have cooked and dined in some of the best restaurants around the world while developing a network of chefs on every continent. Parallel to this, I built my business to include everything from restaurants and private dining to global events, brand partnerships, food writing, TV shows and cookbooks.

“I cannot recommend this competition enough for ambitious chefs with the talent and vision to build a career that works for them, and showcases the Irish hospitality industry on a global stage.”

Stefano Bolognese, director, Sanpellegrino’s International Business Unit, said: “The last edition marked a record in participation with more than 166 chefs passing the preliminary selections amongst the 15 regions involved. Seeing so many young talents willing to bring their best through hard work and passion, and to see them join our mission makes us proud. This makes us believe even more in this project and we can’t wait for the new edition to start.”

Applying chefs must be under 30 years of age and can register here.

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