Winners of Iberian & Mediterranean Countries Regional Final

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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".

Quail and Wine
Albert Manso's Signature Dish 'Quail and Wine'

 

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).

S.Pellegrino Young Chef Iberian and Mediterranean Countries Winner and the Jury Members
Orel Kimchi, Fina Puigdevall, Albert Manso, Henrique Sá Pessoa and Lucia Freitas

 

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 

Óscar Dayas Rodríguez
Óscar Dayas Rodríguez from Gran Canaria, Spain
Óscar Dayas Rodríguez's Signature Dish
Óscar Dayas Rodríguez's Signature Dish: The Transhumance From The Coast, To The Summit

 

S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility Winner: Mengxin Zhou

Mengxin Zhou from Igualada, Spain
Mengxin Zhou from Igualada, Spain
Mengxin Zhou Signature Dish: ‘The Trout – Schubert’
Mengxin Zhou Signature Dish: ‘The Trout – Schubert’

 

Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award Winner: Andrea Ravasio

Andrea Ravasio, from Adeje, Spain
Andrea Ravasio, from Adeje, Spain
Andrea Ravasio Signature dish: ‘El Domingo Del Campesino’.
Andrea Ravasio Signature dish: ‘El Domingo Del Campesino’.

 

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.

The 10 Finalists of Iberian and Mediterranean Countries
The 10 Finalists of Iberian and Mediterranean Countries

Bookmark the page www.sanpellegrinoyoungchef.com to find out all the winners of this exciting culinary competition as the Regional Finals of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2020 unfold around the globe. 

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