Postcards from #SPYoungChef

The people and dishes in the first part of the great event in Milan. Peru, Ireland and Norway play for the top

26-06-2015
PARTERRE DE ROI. The jurors in the first edition o

PARTERRE DE ROI. The jurors in the first edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef, in line this morning in the basement of the Mall in Milan, in Porta Nuova. Left to right, American Grant Achatz, Peruvian Gaston Acurio, French Yannick Alleno, Massimo Bottura from Modena, South African Margot Janse, Japanese Yoshihiro Narisawa and Catalan Joan Roca (photo gallery by Alice Cateni, Elisa Pella and Zanatta)

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The S.Pellegrino Young Chef takes place in the basement of the Mall, under the Diamond Tower in via Liberazione, Milan
The kitchen area dedicated to the preparation is huge
Outdoor finishes
The twenty candidates competing in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef before the start

What a day at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef. Since this morning, hundreds of cooks are at work in the basement of the Mall, a huge space we had no idea existed under the Diamond Tower, one of the symbols of a Milan growing upwards.

Since 10 am the super-jury is hard at work to taste the dishes of the 20 guys, assessing every aspect, not just the taste. To proclaim the best chef under30 in the world we need to wait for midnight, when we’ll report everything in detail. There are 3 final contenders: Peruvian Maria José Jordan (Amaz, Lima), the only woman in the contest; Norwegian Christian André Pettersen (Spiseriet, Stavanger) and Irish Mark Moriarty (The Culinary Counter, Dublin).

In the meantime we publish a gallery with some photos taken today. Exciting moments for chefs, jurors and for a swarm of journalists and enthusiasts who were trying to get some news beyond the unbreakable red line of the competition area.


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The S.Pellegrino Young Chef takes place in the basement of the Mall, under the Diamond Tower in via Liberazione, Milan
The kitchen area dedicated to the preparation is huge
Outdoor finishes
The twenty candidates competing in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef before the start
River, land, earth, the dish by Swiss Martin Elschner
The Swiss candidate Martin Elschner
Second from the left, Italian candidate Paolo Griffa
MENTORS. Nino Graziano, two Michelin stars in Sicily in the past, now at work in Moscow; Norwegian Eyvind Hellstrøm, the first two stars in Scandinavia (Bagatelle in Oslo, now closed) and Yoshihiro Narisawa (eighth in the World's 50Best)
The dish by American Vinson Petrillo: Squid, chorizo, agnolotti with wagyu cheeks and parsley, emulsion of squid ink
The S.Pellegrino Young chef is fashion too: some of the collections beside the ring with the chefs
The complete jury