Meet the Grand Jury for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23
Discover the world-renowned chefs of the next Competition Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury for the Grand Finale of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 has been revealed.
Known as the Seven Sages, the group of world-renowned chefs will have the task of judging the signature dishes of the young chef finalists in Milan in 2023, ultimately deciding who will be crowned as the best young chef in the world.
So, who is the Grand Jury for the next edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition? Let’s find out.
Peruvian chef Pía León helmed the kitchen and co-owned the acclaimed Central restaurant in Lima with her husband Virgilio Martínez for a decade before she decided to branch out on her own with Kjolle (pronounced KOY-ay). The restaurant takes its name from an indigenous, flowering tree that grows at extreme altitudes and burst onto Latin America’s 50 Best list at No.21 in 2019 as the Highest New Entry. The menu explores all corners of Peru, from the ocean, to the rainforest, to the high Andes.
Basque chef Eneko Atxa holds a total of five Michelin stars at his restaurants Azurmendi and Eneko on the edges of Bilbao. Committed to sustainable practices in and outside the kitchen, it’s at three-star Azurmendi that Atxa’s culinary style, rooted in Basque tradition, is fully expressed alongside impeccable service, in a dining room flooded with natural light. Atxa also has additional restaurants across Europe and in Japan.
With acclaimed restaurants in France and a flagship three-star restaurant in London, Hélène Darroze is a chef at the top of her game. A fourth-generation chef, her professional career started in the kitchens of Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco. In 2008 she took over the restaurant at the historic Connaught hotel in London, winning a third Michelin star there in 2021. She also holds three stars across her restaurants in Paris and Provence.
Having swapped a career in graphic design for the kitchen, chef Vicky Lau has become one of Asia’s leading chefs, winning two Michelin stars at Tate Dining Room in her native Hong Kong. There she has been lauded for her elegant approach to French and Chinese cuisine, utilising her razor-sharp design aesthetic to create plates that are not only delicious but works of art.
Nancy Silverton is the head of the Mozza group of restaurants in Los Angeles, Los Cabos (Mexico), London and soon, Singapore. Having fallen in love with Italian food on a trip to Europe, she set about revolutionising the food scene in Southern California, a story told in an episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Named ‘Outstanding Chef’ by the James Beard Foundation in 2014, she is also the author of nine cookbooks.
Julien Royer is the chef-owner of the three-Michelin-starred Odette restaurant in Singapore as well as the more casual Claudine, and Louise in Hong Kong. Hailing from a farming family in Cantal, France, he has worked all over the world, including with the likes of Michel Bras, and has been previously involved with the competition as a mentor. In 2019, Odette was named Best Restaurant in Asia by Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The Camanini brothers have taken the Italian food scene by storm at Michelin-starred Lido 84 on the shores of Lake Garda. There chef Riccardo has crafted a contemporary cuisine with traditional roots that has thrilled the world of gastronomy, informed by his work with greats such as Gualtiero Marchesi and Raymond Blanc, and the abundant larder of this part of Northern Italy. In 2021, Lido 84 was the highest new entry in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, at number 15.
The Academy would like to thank all the chefs of the Grand Jury, who share the Academy's mission and vision for the next generation of young chefs, for agreeing to take part. The task of choosing the next S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition winner is a hugely difficult one, but with their wealth of knowledge and experience, the Seven Sages are perfectly placed to help find the best young chef in the world.