Alessandro Bergamo was announced the winner of the Regional Final of Italy & South East Europe of S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2020. The competition took place in Milan on the 21st of October, where the ten best young chefs from the region competed in the live cook off under the supervision of mentor chefs selected by themselves for support them during the regional competition.
The international jury, composed of seven esteemed chefs from the region - Antonia Klugmann, Matias Perdomo, Marianna Vitale, Pino Cuttaia, Ana Grgić, Janez Bratovž and Oana Coantă - awarded Alessandro Bergamo with his signature dish: “Meglio Un Uovo Oggi O Una Gallina Domani?”.
The young chef will represent Italy & South East Europe at the Grand Finale of S.Pellegrino Young Chef that will be held in May 2020.
The young winner, receiving the award, thanked chef Carlo Cracco, with whom works at Ristorante Cracco, and his mentor Riccardo Camanini (Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, winner in 2019 of the prestigious Miele One to Watch Award, awarded on the occasion of The World's 50 Best Restaurants). "It was a fantastic experience and I also thank the other guys for their work today," said chef Bergamo.
Describing his dish, he explained that "It represents my vision of chef, a person who has the task of highlighting the raw material and know-how of those who make it available"
The chef Antonia Klugmann is the mentor who will accompany Alessandro Bergamo in perfecting his dish for the Grand Finale in which he will face the other 11 finalists from the other regions.
To underline the commitment of S.Pellegrino Young Chef in recognizing and supporting the strong impact of gastronomy in culture and society, has been assigned also the following three awards.
Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy Winner: Tommaso Tonioni
The dish was a reflection of the value of connections between different cultures, thanks to the search for a link with the past, its roots, and the exploration of customs and traditions that evolve over time.
S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility Winner: Davide Marzullo
Marzullo, on his dish explained: "Aubergine is called the same in three languages: English, French and German. Black Tie instead is the stiff dress code of elegant dinners. It seemed the right way to define the aubergine, an icon of Italian cuisine, claiming it in an unexpected reconstruction. Stuffing it in the form of sausage. The meat stuffing, with so many preparations, has disappeared, leaving its essence in a broth.”
Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award Winner: Antonio Romano
Romano said: "with this dish I wanted to demonstrate the harmony I feel when I cook. I am Roman and I care a lot about my origins, so I was inspired by Ancient Rome”.
The winners of these three awards will be invited to attend the Grand Finale, affording them another opportunity to network with some of the biggest names of gastronomy.