After the long wait for the final chapter in this exciting story, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Grand Finale 2021 did not disappoint!
From 28th to 30th October, Milan played host not only to a thrilling final round of the competition, but also to a series of stimulating new networking and educational events for all the young chefs involved. And, at the end of an intriguing three days, a set of four winners emerged.
Having taken the regional title for UK and Northern Europe back in 2019, with his signature dish Humble vegetables, chef Jerome Ianmark Calayag beat 11 other finalists to become the overall winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy 2021.
The main prize was complemented by three additional awards celebrating different aspects of culinary culture. The first of these, the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, was won by chef Callan Austin, who had made it to the final by winning the regional award for Africa and Middle East.
The Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, on the other hand, went to chef Elissa Abou Tasse, winner of the Africa and Middle East regional award.
And finally, the Fine Dining Lovers Food For Thought Award, voted by the Fine Dining Lovers online community of foodies, chefs and gourmet enthusiasts around the world, was awarded to chef Andrea Ravasio from the Iberian and Mediterranean Countries region.
You can read more about the event, the winners and all the activities of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy on the Academy's website.