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Apply now for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23

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Applications for the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 are now open.


Young chefs under 30 years of age have now the chance to register for the competition until 7 July 2022, and share the signature dish that expresses their unique creativity and vision with the world.


Initial applications, as ever, will be assessed by ALMA, the International School of Italian Culinary Arts, which will draw up the shortlist of competitors ahead of the regional finals.


The application phase for S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 has been extended.

Chefs under 30 years of age can now register for the competition until 30 June 2022, sharing a signature dish that expresses their unique creativity and vision with the world.

The current international situation has led S.Pellegrino to reflect on how to support all young talents joining the global initiative in the best way possible. This month-long extension is to facilitate them in starting the inspiring and educational journey created by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy.


The competition, which is now into its fifth edition after a successful showing in 2019/21 – when some 300 young chefs and mentors from 50 countries and regions took part, with Sweden-based young chef Jerome Ianmark Calayag the eventual winner – is a unique opportunity for young chefs to embark on a culinary journey that will bring visibility, prestige and the chance to compete for the title of best young chef in the world at a Grand Finale event in Milan in 2023.





Through the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition, the gastronomic world is able to glimpse the game-changing culinary talent of the future that not only has the potential to change gastronomy, but society as a whole. Previous winners have used the competition as a springboard to realise their culinary ambitions, embarking on various projects that are making an impact in the kitchen and beyond.



The current edition incorporates a handful of changes to the format, including an expansion of the number of regions from 12 to 15. If you are interested in applying, we invite you to carefully read the Competition Regulations.


Gender balance will also be a strong pillar of the event in recognition of the challenges faced by female chefs in the industry, who are often unrepresented in it.


As with the 2019/21 edition, the competition also plays host to three additional awards alongside the main prize: the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility voted for by the Sustainable Restaurant Association which runs the Food Made Good program, 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.


Considering the current international context and the limitations to the possibility of interactions that underlie the competition, Sanpellegrino therefore acknowledges the impossibility of having Russia participating in the 2022-23 edition of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition.


Download the Competition Regulations in English (PDF) here.


Download the Competition’s Full Regulation in other languages (PDF):
Italian Spanish | French | Chinese | German | Japanese | Portuguese



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