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BANGKOK, 31 October 2022

S.Pellegrino proudly announces the conclusion and awards results for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Asia Regional Competition 2022-2023, the exciting global initiative created by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy to discover and nurture brilliant professionals able to push the boundaries of gastronomy. Ten of Asia’s best Young Chefs were competing for the chance to advance to the Grand Final, to be held in Milan in 2023. During a challenging and highly charged cook-off, the chefs worked alongside their mentors to achieve their dishes to creative perfection. The dishes were then judges by an esteemed panel of jury members. The judges’ results were announced at an Award Ceremony hosted at Park Hyatt Bangkok the night before, following the conclusion of the cooking competition.


Regional Young Chef Academy Award Asia:
Ian Goh from Restaurant NAE:UM in Singapore, and Mentor Louis Han

Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award:
Ian Goh from Restaurant NAE:UM in Singapore, and Mentor Louis Han

Social Responsibility Award: 
Xu Yu Chan from Labyrinth in Singapore, and Mentor Li Guang Han

Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy:
Yi Chung Chiu from “Xiang Se” in Taiwan, and Mentor Chih-Huai Tseng of Lopfait Restaurant

S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy was privileged to have five of the most renowned, widely-respected and successful chefs in Asia as Judges on the Jury Panel; Chef Pam Pichaya Utharntharm of Restaurant Potong, Thailand, Chef Dave Pynt, of the restaurant Burnt Ends, Singapore, Chef Daniel Calvert, of restaurant Sézanne, Japan, Chef Vanessa Huang, of restaurant Ephernité, Taiwan, and Chef Thitid Ton Tassanakajohn, of Le Du, Thailand.

This highly-decorated line-up of the region’s greatest chefs assessed competing S.Pellegrino Young Chefs on three key performance aspects. They included; Technical Skills, the ability to select ingredients for quality, freshness and uniqueness, combined with the skills necessary to bring out the flavours while maintaining their original essence; Creativity, i.e., the ability to explore original, stimulating and innovative perspectives while maintaining a perfect balance between taste and aesthetics; and Personal Belief, the ability to communicate a clear message that summarises the vision of the world of food, as well as making a contribution to society.

Taking part in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is a unique opportunity to enter a longstanding, ambitious and visionary project, through which S.Pellegrino contributes to the evolution not only of the culinary community, but of society as a whole. It’s with this competition that S.Pellegrino identifies and educates the talents who will form the next generation of young chefs, and citizens of the world. The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 offers chefs the opportunity to start an inspiring and educational journey, gaining global visibility and significant professional prestige during the whole selection process that will culminate in the Grand Finale event planned for 2023. 

Laurent Casteret, School Director, The Food School Bangkok, spoke of the school’s sponsorship of the SPYCA, saying, “The Food School Bangkok is Thailand’s first culinary education academy with multi-national leading partner schools of top cuisines with the aim to provide a world-class, progressive education through unique practices and innovative learning techniques. We’re dedicated to giving Student Chefs and advancing industry professionals the chance to benefit from learning at a state-of-the-art facility, pursuing transformative outcomes with industry-aligned programs. We are delighted to have hosted the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 Asia Regional Final, and have been pleased to support the event in line with our philosophy, Tailored with purpose, fuelled by passion. Huge congratulations to all of the winning young Chefs!”

Young chefs (those under 30 years of age) have had the chance to register for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 on www.sanpellegrinoyoungchefacademy.com earlier in the year, providing personal and professional information and submitting the recipe of a signature dish able to communicate their personal vision, unique skills, and creativity. As with previous editions, the first selection phase applications were evaluated by ALMAThe School of Italian Culinary Arts, defining a shortlist of Young Chefs to participate in one of the 15 Regional Finals that take place throughout the globe over the second half of 2022. 

Regional finalists are competing for the coveted title of the ‘S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2022-23’ which will boost their career and grant them worldwide recognition. Applicants will also compete for three additional awards which will recognize the young chefs’ varied beliefs and approaches to creating positive change in society through food. The four awards in total are: S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award, the main competition award, along with S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, voted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, voted by Mentors to recognise a dish that represents native culinary heritage, and Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, voted for by the online Fine Dining Lovers community. During the Regional Finals, these three other Special Awards shall also be assigned. 
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