UPDATE 14/05/2018: The wait is over - the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef has finally been crowned! Discover which rising star took home the honour of winning S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 and watch all the young chefs of the competition in the 4 live streaming episodes covering the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Grand Finale: a true display of extraordinary passion, skill and determination of the new talents in the world of gastronomy
UPDATE 05/02/2018: Discover the line-up of the Seven Sages, the top jury of world-class chefs who will crown the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018.
Following a day of outstanding performances by 10 semi-finalists from across Canada, it was chef Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais who scooped the coveted title of Canada’s best young chef with his signature dish: Smoked eel, celeriac (spring in Kamouraska).
Competing at the Art Gallery in Toronto on 2 October, Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais was among 10 semi-finalists chosen by the Alma cookery school in Italy.
Each chef was given five hours cooking time to perfect and present their dish to a jury of industry heavyweights:
- Riccardo Bertolino
- Anthony Walsh
- Joël Watanabe
- Todd Perrin and
- Jen Agg.
Each signature dish was evaluated against the five "Golden Rules":
- beauty and
While Dominic Giroux took the crown as the People's Choice winner, it was Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais’s dish that wowed the judges.
Henceforth, chef Riccardo Bertolino from Maison Boulud, Montreal will help cultivate Chef Mauroy-Langlais’s signature dish as Canada's mentor chef.
He will also travel to Milan with him to cheer from the sidelines as he competes for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title.
Speaking of the experience that lies ahead, Bertolino said “I’m excited to be on this journey with Benjamin and help showcase Canada’s unprecedented young talent. With the right blend of creativity, passion and hard work, Benjamin is destined for success on the world stage.”
Chef Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Canada jury (Chefs Joël Watanabe, Todd Perrin, Antony Walsh, Jen Agg and Riccardo Bertolino)