Jury, Finalists and Mentors of the North West Europe Region

The cook-off will be held in Paris, October 9. Find out everything you need to know here.

UPDATE: Discover the North West Europe Countries Region winners of the 4th edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef.


The selections have been completed and the jury has been announced for the North West Europe Regional Finals! The cook-off of the young chefs will take place in Paris, on October 9, 2019.

There are ten semi-finalists for this region, composed of France, Belgium and Switzerland. Each will be accompanied by a mentor of their choice who will provide guidance and support during the competition.

Here is the list of the 10 Regional finalists plus each of their chosen mentor chefs who will guide them throughout the Regional Finals.

Laura Pelou, mentor: Quentin Bourdy (France)
Vivien Rouleaud, mentor: Stéphane Buron (France)
Yanis Ait Yahoui, mentor: Damien Germanier (France)
Evens Lopez, mentor: Dominque Lory (Monaco)
Alexandre Alves Pereira, mentor: Nicolas Le Tirrand (France)
Olive Davoux, mentor: Cyril Bordarier (France)
Kitano Yurika, mentor: Rumi Hachiya (France)
Nicolas Pierson, mentor: Hamon Aurélien (Switzerland)
Florian Braissand, mentor: Julien Deanjean (France)
Guus Goossens, mentor: Jo Nelissen (Belgium)

The Local Jury Panel for the North West Europe Region

The panel members this year for North West Europe come from each of the representing countries of the Region. Each member has been chosen due to their belief and ability to support the S.Pellegrino Young Chef’s mission of nurturing the future of gastronomy through its support of the next generation of chefs.

The Local Jury Panel for the North West Europe Region
Members of Jury, Anne-Sophie Pic, Heiko Nieder and David Martin

Anne-Sophie Pic (France)
President of the Jury, Mentor 3-Michelin-starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic follows the footsteps of Jean-François Piège, Yannick Allèno and Frédéric Anton in the role as President of the Jury and Mentor for the Winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef North West Europe. With eight restaurants around the world, the acclaimed chef is a strong supporter of young talents, seen also in her work with her Scook cooking school in Valencia. In 2018, she was “godmother” of the Michelin guide to help young chefs manage their newly obtained stars.

Heiko Nieder (Switzerland)
Chef of the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Heiko Nieder was awarded his second Michelin star in 2010. In 2014 he helped launch the gourmet festival “The Epicure” that takes place annually in autumn. Nieder was recently honoured with the title Chef of the Year 2019 by Gault & Millau for his culinary art.

David Martin (Belgium)
Chef of La Paix in Anderlecht, Belgium, David Martin worked with chef Alain Passard and has two Michelin stars under his belt. He has also been running the show “Martin Bonheur” for the past seven years, in which he demonstrates how to prepare a simple dish in three minutes. Martin was previously the mentor to the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Benelux in 2016, Andrea Miacola, accompanying him to the Grand Finale in Milan.

This year’s S.Pellegrino Young Chef initiative has been re-shaped to reflect the brand’s belief in the transformative power of gastronomy. That’s why from this edition S.Pellegrino Young Chef will include three additional awards, both at the Regional Finals level and the Grand Finale, intended to give voice to different personal beliefs: Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility.

The Finalist chosen from this Regional Final and Finalists of the three awards will be announced on as and when they take place. Find out more about S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2020 and via our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram, and by following #Sanpellegrino and #SPYoungChef.

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