The Iberian & Mediterranean Countries Regional Final of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2020 took place on the 16th of September, with an outstanding show of talent from some of the most talented young chefs from Spain, Portugal, Israel and Greece.
Albert Manso has been announced as the winner and will be participating in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Finale in 2020. The Grand Finale will take place in Milan in 2020.
Albert won the local judges over with his signature dish, Quail and Wine. He was guided by his mentor Fran Agudo, chef at Tickets restaurant in Barcelona, beating the tough competition in an edition he said "in which the level was very high".
The esteemed Regional Jury this year included Lucía Freitas (A Tafona Casa de Xantar, Santiago de Compostela), Fina Puigdevall (Les Cols, Olot), Henrique Sá Pessoa (Alma, Lisbon), Ettore Botrini (Botrini’s, Athens) and Orel Kimchi (Popina, Tel Aviv).
To reflect S.Pellegrino’s belief in and support of, the transformative power of gastronomy and its impact beyond the kitchen, the following three awards have been introduced to the competition to complement the existing S.Pellegrino Young Chef award:
Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy Winner: Óscar Dayas Rodríguez
S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility Winner: Mengxin Zhou
Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award Winner: Andrea Ravasio
To help Albert on his journey to the Grand Finale in Milan, he has been assigned Henrique Sá Pessoa as his mentor to steer his progress towards the final.
All of the winners of the additional three awards will also be invited to attend the Grand Finale, affording them another opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in gastronomy from around the globe.