S. Pellegrino Young Chef Competition Announces North American Semi-finalists, Judging Panel


TORONTO — S.Pellegrino has announced the 10 North American regional semi-finalists who will compete in November’s S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition in New York City for the chance to continue on to the global finale in June 2020.

The competition will be judged by a panel of chefs and culinary influencers, including Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, N.C.; Connie DeSousa, CHARCUT Roast House, Calgary; Rob Gentile, Buca Restaurants, Toronto; Jordana Rothman, Food & Wine Magazine restaurant editor-at-large; and Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia.

This year, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition received submissions from more than 2,400 young chefs (a 20-per-cent increase from last edition) from 50 countries. Each submission included the chef’s signature dish and was evaluated by culinary experts from ALMA, the world’s leading international school of Italian cuisine. The experts assessed each dish based on three criteria: technical skills, creativity and a point of view on the ways in which gastronomy can influence positive societal change.

The North American semi-finalists are: 


  • Rafael Covarrubias, Hexagon Restaurant, Oakville, Ont.
  • Kathryn Ferries, Stofa Restaurant, Ottawa
  • Garrett Martin, Concorde Group, Calgary
  • Marvin Palomo, 7 Enoteca, Oakville, Ont.
  • Yoann Therar, L’Abattoir, Vancouver


  • Francesco Di Marzio, One65 SF, San Francisco
  • Jenny Dorsey, Studio ATAO, Beacon, N.Y.
  • Vincent Gilliard, Oakhill Country Club, East Rochester, N.Y.
  • Camila Olarte, The Surf Club Restaurant, Surfside, Fla.
  • Jeremy Stephens, Galatoires, New Orleans, La.

“We’re always inspired by the level of talent the Young Chef competition attracts, with this year being no exception,” says Thomas Conquet, Marketing director, S.Pellegrino. “The semi-finalists represent a diverse class of ambitious chefs and we look forward to seeing their passion and creativity come to life at this year’s event.”

The complete list of global semi-finalists can be seen here.

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