Meet the Winners of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 Regional Finals
Discover all the results of the regional finals as they happen.
On this page, you’ll find news of all the winners of the 15 regional finals for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23. From each final, four young talents will progress and compete for the global prizes: one chosen by the local jury of renowned chefs, who will cook again at the Grand Finale in Milan in 2023 for the title of best young chef in the world, and three who will compete for collateral prizes – the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, voted for by the Sustainable Restaurant Association; the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, voted for by the competition mentors; and the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, voted for by Fine Dining Lovers readers.
The regional finals will continue throughout autumn and winter 2022 and early into 2023, with this page being updated accordingly, as the winners are chosen.
Latin America & Caribbean
Erick Bautista from Mexico has been named as the best young chef in the Latin America & Caribbean region at the regional final in Bogotá, Colombia. The chef from Oaxaca impressed the local jury of Lula Martín del Campo, Arlette Eulert, Helena Rizzo, Debora Fadul and Rodolfo Guzmán with his signature dish of ‘Oaxaca su tierra y sus manos’ and will travel to the Grand Finale in Milan in 2023.
Speaking after his win, Bautista said: “S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition was an incredible experience, where I was able to meet amazing people and get to know my coach Rodolfo Castellanos, who opened the doors of his restaurant to me. I will always be grateful to him”.
Three other young chefs from the region were awarded and will now compete for the global collateral prizes: Xchel González, also from Mexico, winner of the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility for his signature dish, ‘Chinampas’; Aranxa Troestch from Panama, winner of the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy for her signature dish, ‘Ubaldina’; and María Guadalupe Elizeche from Paraguay, who won the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award for her signature dish, ‘Mi Evolución de Nuestra Cultura’.