TORONTO — The team at S. Pellegrino has announced the regional jury who will decide Canada’s representation on the world stage at the renowned S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition.
The jury includes three of Canada’s most notable chefs: Normand Laprise of Toqué!, in Montreal; Connie DeSousa of Charcut in Calgary and Rob Gentile of Buca in Toronto.
Following Canada’s regional final, Gentile will act as a mentor chef to the Canadian winner, working to develop their signature dish before travelling together to the Grand Finale in Milan. “A strong mentor helps to shape a chef’s technique and ability with food, as well as guiding their discipline and focus, which can make or break your success,” says Gentile. “I’ve been fortunate to train with outstanding chefs throughout my career and the opportunity to work with the next generation is a humbling experience. It is also an honour, and one I take very seriously.”
The final two-day cooking competition will take place on Oct. 13 to 15. The international jury will include some of the world’s most renowned culinary masters, including David Higgs, Carlo Cracco and Gaggan Anand.