It was an emotionally charged day at Le Cordon Bleu Paris on October 9, when the winner of the North-West Europe region of S.Pellegrino Young Chef was decided by the local jury, composed of chefs Anne-Sophie Pic (president), David Martin and Heiko Nieder.
Following a challenging five hours in the kitchen, Alexandre Alves Pereira was crowned the eventual winner and will fly to Milan next May, to defend his region's colours at the global Grand Finale.
The young sous-chef from restaurant Lasserre in Paris was able to stand out from his peers thanks to his signature dish of "Green asparagus, sardine, ground ivy", a dish which he describes as really representing him both culinarily and personally as well as a mix of cultures and techniques.
Speaking of his win the jubilant 29-year-old chef said "Thank you! because the level was extraordinary, it's a beautiful experience, magnificent teamwork with my mentor since my candidacy, and a lot of refinement and details up until yesterday. I am happy to find Anne-Sophie Pic, a chef of this stature, there is no better partner for me to perfect myself until the grand finale."
Multi Michelin starred French chef Anne Sophie Pic, will accompany Alexandre on his journey ahead helping to refine and hone his dish, technique and presentation skills ready to represent the region at the Grand Finale in Milan on 8 and 9 May.
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: Vivien Rouleaud
S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility Winner: Kitano Yurika
Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award Winner: Evens Lopez
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.