Applications for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy 2024-25 are now open and and UK chefs aged under 30 have until 19th June to apply. This prestigious culinary competition encourages young talent to ‘bring their best to the table’ and will shine a spotlight on the best global culinary talents of the future. The winner of the UK Regional Final will go on to compete in the Global Finale, with the overall winner being crowned the ‘Best Young Chef in the World’!

About the Event

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition is much more than a culinary contest. It will provide successful applications from the UK – and all over the globe – with the opportunity to join the longstanding, ambitious S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy project, which aims to make the world a better place through food; giving young culinary talent a unique opportunity to join an international community that empowers through education, mentoring, networking and career development opportunities.

During the competition, participants will be mentored closely by renowned chefs who will help them bring their vision for the future of gastronomy to the table, as well as equip them to take their culinary skills to the next level and bring their best to the table.

Last year’s UK finalist, Marcus Clayton, went on to be mentored by Michelin-star Chef, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Executive Chef at Northcote during last year’s Grand Finale in Milan. Commenting on her experience, Goodwin-Allen says: “Mentoring Marcus Clayton at last year’s S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Grand Finale was an unforgettable experience. I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand how the competition benefits culinary talent of the future and would recommend the process to any inspiring young chef looking to develop their skillset. S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy is a unique opportunity for upcoming culinary talent to learn from leading names in the industry, helping nurture their career and inspire them to bring their best to the table.”

How to Enter

The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2024-25 will welcome young chefs who wish to challenge themselves and their abilities while gaining global recognition. From 21st February, young chefs across the UK under 30 years of age will have the chance to register on until 19th June 2024 by submitting the recipe of a signature dish that communicates their vision, unique skills and creativity. As with previous editions, the first selection phase will be evaluated by ALMA, the International School of Italian Culinary Arts. ALMA will define a shortlist of young chefs who will participate in the Regional Finals that will take place across the world through the second half of 2024.

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