This year, four of the UK's leading Michelin-starred chefs, Angela Hartnett, Alyn Williams, Phil Howard and Mickael Viljanen are partnering with water and soft drinks brand S.Pellegrino in a search to find the world's best young chef.
The competition has four phases, whittling entrants down to 10 semi-finalists. These finalists will then need to prepare and cook their very own signature dish for the jury in a cook-off event, with their dishes being critiqued across five areas including ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
Chefs across the world are invited to submit an application and their signature dish via www.sanpellegrino.com/.
PHASE II - Global Shortlist
Early June 2017 all qualified candidates will be divided into 21 regions according to their geographic origin. Submissions will then be assessed by ALMA, the world's leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine (www.alma.scuolacucina.it), which will select the top 10 semi-finalists for each region.
PHASE III - Local Challenges (7 June December 2017)
The 10 selected semi-finalists of each of the 21 regions will compete in local semi-finals, where live competitions will be held in each region from June 7 to 31 December 2017.
By the end of December 2017, the 21 Young Chefs from around the globe will be announced as the official finalists, who will move on to the world finals in Milan, Italy. Each finalist will be assigned a "Mentor Chef" (a member of their regional jury), who will provide guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the finals.
PHASE IV - S.Pellegrino Young Chef Finals (June 2018)
In June 2018, the 21 Young Chef finalists gather in Milan for the Grand Finale event, hosted by S.Pellegrino. The chefs will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title, with the winner selected by an international panel of judges.
Full rules and competition requirements are available via www.sanpellegrino.com
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