TORONTO — Ten Canadian chefs are among the 200 semi-finalists preparing to compete in the inaugural edition of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition.
Last year, 3,000 chefs under the age of 30 (with a minimum of one year’s experience working as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie) submitted an application and signature recipe. S. Pellegrino in collaboration with Italy’s ALMA, the international educational training centre for Italian cuisine, chose 10 semi-finalists from 20 different regions based on ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message. “Having the opportunity to analyze original recipes created by young chefs from all over the world was thrilling and an incredible demonstration of just how much talent and love for fine food it is possible to find everywhere,” said Andrea Sinigaglia, GM for ALMA in Italy.
The Canadian semi-finalists will compete Feb. 9 at Malaparte in Toronto. Leading chefs Susur Lee, Cory Vitiello and Matty Matheson will mentor and evaluate the chefs and choose Canada’s finalist.
The Canadian semi-finalists for the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition are:
– Randell Brandon, Epicurean Fine Dining (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.)
– Jean-Philippe Cloutier, Le Cellier (Gatineau, Que.)
– Cara Davis, George (Toronto)
– Nicol François-Emmanuel, Fonds de Bourse Cassandre Paquette (Montreal)
– Subir Ghosh, Sheraton Hotel Red Deer (Red Deer, Alta.)
– Hayden Johnston, Richmond Station (Toronto)
– Paul Moran, CMH-K2 Lodge (Nakusp, B.C.)
– Adam Oliveira, The Spoke Club (Toronto)
– Dominique Roy, Fairmont Le Château Montebello (Montebello, Que.)
– Justin Tse, Social Restaurant (Ottawa)
The final competition will be held in Italy from June 25 to June 27.