The new edition

Last year’s spectacular second edition saw over 3,000 professional young chefs apply from around the globe, with the USA’s ecstatic Mitch Lienhard taking the coveted title from the inaugural charismatic Young Chef winner from the UK, Mark Moriarty.

Some exciting changes...

This new edition, which launches today, has some exciting changes. For the first time the global competition, which is open to all chefssous chefschefs de partie and commis under 30, will allow applications in different languages, including:

English will remain the official language throughout the competition and for the Grand Finale.

 

A new dedicated region for Central America and the Caribbean...

This edition will also be spaced over 18 months instead of 12. In 2017 the focus will be on regional qualification, with the shortlisted chefs competing at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Local Competitions in front of top local chef juries, in different geographical areas around the world. This year, following a high level of local interest, there will be a new dedicated region for Central America and the Caribbean making the total number of regions 21 instead of 20.

In 2018 the 21 regional winners will go on to compete in the Grand Finale in Italy where they will cook for a panel of the world’s best chefs in order to be crowned S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018.

 

How to enter...

Candidates will be divided into 21 geographical regions, depending on the location of their restaurant, and applications will be evaluated by ALMA, Italy's International School of gourmet cooking. Selection for the regional finals will be based on the following five factors: 

  • ingredients
  • skills
  • genius
  • beauty and
  • message

 

Online applications for this edition opened on 1st February 2017. So start perfecting your signature dish now and make sure to check your eligibility and the updated competition rules

Find out more information about the competition here...