Enjoy stunning recipes from Young Chef finalists

Ahead of the next S.Pellegrino Young Chef Grand Finale, which has been postponed until October 2021, we can reveal that the finalists have been busy working on a batch of exciting recipes that demonstrate the true breadth of their culinary talent.

The recipes will soon be available as a fully downloadable digital cookbook on Fine Dining Lovers, but in the meantime, you can access the recipes here. (Please note: their release will be staggered all the way up the Grand Finale). 

The cookbook will include recipes from the regional winners who will compete for the title of S.Pellegrino Young Chef and those competing in additional categories: S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility; Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy; and Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award.

The project is part of the commitment of S.Pellegrino to nurturing young culinary talent, whilst providing a helping hand to the restaurant industry, which, now more than ever, needs to be supported in every possible way.

Read more about the various awards and find out who's competing, below. 

Top photo courtesy of Chef Kathryn Ferries.

S.Pellegrino Young Chef

In 2021, the 12 regional Young Chef winners will face off in the Grand Finale in Milan for the chance to be crowned the next S.Pellegrino Young Chef. The expert panel of world-renowned chefs known as the Seven Sages will choose the eventual winner. Take a look at dishes from the competing young chefs below.

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  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.

S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility

Voted for by Food Made Good, an organisation dedicated to sustainability in food, this award will be given to the chef whose dish makes the best use of sustainable practices. Take a look at dishes from the chefs competing for the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility below.

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  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a female chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling female chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling female chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a female chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.

Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy

The chef that claims this award in Milan will be the one whose dish best represents cooking that transcends borders. In recent years, the idea of “Chefs without borders” has been a huge trend within gastronomy. Take a look at dishes from the finalists below.

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  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.

Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award

The Food for Thought Award, voted for by readers of Fine Dining Lovers – chefs, foodies, and gastronomy experts from around the world – celebrates the chef whose dish best represents his or her beliefs. Enjoy dishes from the nominees below.

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  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a smiling male chef and a plate of food.
  • A composite image of a male chef and a plate of food.