This year sees Italian sparkling water brand S.Pellegrino launch its first ever global talent search in a quest to uncover the world’s best young chef. 20 countries will participate in the inaugural year of the competition, sending a promising young talent (hand picked by a celebrity chef panel in each market) to the global final held in Milan, summer 2015.


The competition also incorporates S.Pellegrino’s exciting 2015 partnership with Vogue Italia, firmly placing the brand at both the heart of fine dining and Italian sophistication.

S.Pellegrino is now welcoming entries for Young Chef 2015 from the UK and Ireland and those wishing to enter should submit their CV, along with details of their signature dish, via the Fine Dining Lovers online platform, by 15th December 2014.  ALMA, the world’s leading international education and training centre for Italian cuisine, will then select ten candidates from each country to take part in an initial cooking heat.

Food Photography, Bristol and Bath011The criteria, against which the signature dish will be judged, will follow five Golden Rules.  Each chef should:

Successfully select the finest ingredients the market has to offer

The ten chefs selected will go on to deliver their signature dish to a jury of top celebrity chefs from the UK market, (to be announced shortly), who will select one outstanding individual to represent the UK in the global final in Milan.  The winner of this round will be mentored and accompanied by one of the experienced celebrity chefs on their journey to Milan, and hopefully to victory!

Bringing to life S.Pellegrino’s Italian style and sophistication, Vogue Italia will be adding some fashion flair by partnering up and coming fashion designers with each of the 20 finalists to interpret the chef’s signature dish.  All of the dishes and fashion designs will be showcased at EXPO Milan and judged by an international jury.

The competition is now open for first stage entries. Young chefs seeking an unprecedented international platform should visit Finedininglovers.com to apply.  All applicants should be no older than 30 years old and employed as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie.  To enter upload your CV, signature dish and photos by 15th December 2014.