TORONTO — Japan’s Yasuhiro Fujio has been named S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 champion.
The winner of this year’s competition was determined following three competitive culinary rounds that took place before a grand jury of seven industry heavyweights including Virgilio Martínez, Margarita Forés, Brett Graham, Annie Féolde, Dominique Crenn, Ana Roš and Paul Pairet.
Fujio also received special recognition, winning the first-ever Taste of Authenticity by Acqua Panna Award, after showing strength in his use of local Japanese ingredients, and paying tribute to Japan’s cultural heritage.
“At S. Pellegrino we are driven by a strong passion for gastronomy. That’s why some years ago we started thinking about how we could contribute to it. But we wanted something that could really make a difference,” says Federico Sarzi Braga, president and CEO of Sanpellegrino Group. “And, now that we have closed our third edition of S. Pellegrino Young Chef, we can say that it is really fulfilling its purpose: supporting and developing young talent. The best we can do for gastronomy is continue to nurture talent and passion.”