TORONTO — More than 200 chefs from around the world will compete at semi-final competitions for the 2018 S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition.
Canada’s 10 semi-finalists include: Alessandro Bergamo (Maison Boulud, Montreal), Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais (Automne, Montreal), Dominic Giroux (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Montreal), Jean-Philippe Cloutier (Beckta Dining & Wine, Ottawa), John Ngo (Ritz-Carlton, Toronto), Mark Classen (Villa Eyrie Resort, Malahat, B.C.), Oh Jun Kwon (Omaw, Toronto), Amanda Lambert (North 44, Toronto), Jorge Muñoz Santos (Bar Oso, Whistler, B.C.) and Yoann Therer (Araxi Restaurant, Brackendale, B.C.).
Chef hopefuls will compete against each other and the clock at the Canadian semi-finals on October 2 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto. On-stage feedback will be given in front of a live audience, where jurors Anthony Walsh, Joël Watanabe, Todd Perrin, Riccardo Bertolino and Jen Agg will evaluate dishes based on the five “Golden Rules” — ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
The winning chef receives a mentorship with a leading Canadian chef, before advancing to compete for the 2018 S.Pellegrino Young Chef title in Milan.