It is midnight, between Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June: at the end of a long and exciting day (and season), Irish Mark Moriarty (chef at restaurant The Culinary Council in Dublin) wins the first edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015. The Best chef-designer couple was also awarded, voted by the guests of the night and online: in both cases, Peruvian-Brazilian couple Maria José Jordan and Paula Cademartori won. The prize for Best designer decided by Vogue Italia went to Chinese Xiao Li
After 14 hours of effort, the winner of the first edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef of The Year was an Irishman, Mark Moriarty (The Culinary Counter, Dublin), the author of a splendid Celeriac cooked in barley and fermented hay. He triumphed defeating in the final steps the dessert by Maria José Jordan (restaurant Amaz, Lima), the only woman among the 20 contestants – with her “Immortal technique: lemon, rosemary and gin”, «a very interesting dish», her mentor, the great Japanese-Peruvian chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, aka Maido, commented «few ingredients, used in a very intelligent way – and Norwegian Christian André Pettersen (Spiseriet, Stavanger), who signed a dish that makes two worlds meet, East meets west.
This was the spectacular finale to an intense day, marked by the barrage of a thousand interviews (from the journalists) and tastings (the 20 dishes of the candidates) which the great chefs in the jury had to face. We were also among the snipers in search of answers, we were curious to understand the feelings of these giants in front of such young chefs (who in fact were not at all scared). There were two fundamental points in the reactions of each of the G7 (Acurio, Achatz, Alleno, Bottura, Margot Janse, Narisawa and Joan Roca): first, the “extraordinary” standard of the dishes presented, in everyone’s opinion; second, the good-naturedly jealous thought that it is much easier to be young today than 20 or 30 years ago.
THE AUTHORS OF THE DINNER. The 3 finalists: Peruvian Maria José Jordan, between Norwegian André Pettersen and the final winner Mark Moriarty (photo by Gianni Rizzotti)
IN 20 IN THE FUTURE. The 20 protagonists of the first edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year ready to start
THE ROYAL LINE. The great jury that decided the winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 (photo by Elisa Pella)
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born in Milan, 1973, freelance journalist, coordinator of Identità Golose World restaurant guidebook since 2007, he is a contributor for several magazines and teaches History of gastronomy and Culinary global trends into universities and institutes.