STAMFORD, Conn. — San Pellegrino has announced the semi-finalists for this year’s Young Chef competition. The 10 contestants, eight of whom hail from Western Canada, will compete in the finals set to take place on June 6 at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario.
“It’s exciting to see so many talented chefs emerging from Western Canada,” says Connie DeSousa, co-owner and co-chef of Calgary-based Charcut Roast House & Charbar Restaurant, who is one of this year’s judges. “It’s also incredibly important to me to work side-by-side mentoring young chefs, passing along the culinary guidance and kitchen culture I have been so fortunate to have experienced.”
The 10 Canadian semi-finalists are: Jorge Munoz Santos (Bar Oso, Whistler, B.C); Yoann Therer (Araxi, Whistler, B.C); Alison Ramage (Design to Dine, Vancouver); Carmen Ingham (Meat and Bread, Vancouver); Bobby Milheron (Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster bar, Vancouver); Steven Squier (Delta Bessborough, Saskatoon); Jordan Carlson (Deseo Bistro, Winnipeg); Sean MacDonald (Market Restaurant, Calgary) Michael Loyer (Chez Victoire, Montreal); and Hayden Johnston (Richmond Station, Toronto).
Notable chefs Normand Laprise, Connie DeSousa and Rob Gentile will judge the Canadian semi-finals and choose one winner to proceed to The Grande Finale in Milan, Italy to compete for the title of 2016 Young Chef champion.