Vitalii Savelev has been named as the Best Young Chef in the Euro Asia regional finals of the fourth edition S.Pellegrino Young Chef following 2 days of outstanding program with competition in Novikov Gastronomic School and final Award night at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Nine hand-picked finalists from across the Russian Federation, Finland, Lithuania and Estonia faced off in the kitchen cooking their signature dish within the 5-hour limit.
However, it was Vitalii Savelev's dish of "Black Sea Rapa with Mushrooms grown on lemon peels" which wowed the seven-strong panel of professional chef judges on the jury convincing them of his ability to win. (Discover all the finalists and chef judges here.)
Vitalii Savelev will now continue his journey in the two year competition, participating in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Finale in Milan in 2020 with the ongoing support of a mentor chef. Speaking of his win, “I’m very happy and grateful to receive the award, and this is so much inspiring competition and unforgettable experience.
Many thanks to my mentors, now I really look forward to doing my best in Grand Finale.” Vitalii Savelev was joined by three of his peers on the medal podium, who were given special recognition for their dishes highlighting the transformative power of gastronomy and its impact beyond the kitchen.
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:
Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award Winner: Egor Makarov
Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy Winner: Lari Helenius
S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility Winner: Ivan Kamenev
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.