Three UAE chefs at S.Pellegrino Young Chef finals

Chefs Eka Mochamad, Gregorie Berger and Michael O'Shea among the top 10 MEA semi-finalists from the UAE, with finals set to be held in Milan in October

Greogoire Berger's entry.
Greogoire Berger's entry.

Ten semifinalists from each of the 20 regions across the world have been selected from thousands of applications received as part of the global contest, the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016.

From the GCC, chefs Eka Mochamad at Bateaux Dubai and Gregorie Berger at Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm, and sous chef Michael O’Shea at The Ivy Dubai are among the top 10 MEA semifinalists who will compete at a local challenge set to take place on July 26, in Cape Town, South Africa. Joining them is Kuwait's Harda Azman, who is CDP at NINO (Kharafi Global).

The winning chef at the local challenge will then join 19 finalists at the final event to be held in October in Milan.

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Young chefs from more than 90 different countries submitted their applications together with their signature dishes to compete in the 2016 edition of S.Pellegrino’s global talent search to find the best young chef in the world.

The applicants were divided into 20 geographical regions, and finalist were selected by ALMA, an international educational and training centre for Italian cuisine, according to five "Golden Rules": ingredients, skills, genius, beauty, and message.

“The process was anything but easy,” said Andrea Sinigaglia, general manager of ALMA.

“Our chefs and experts worked hard in order to select just 10 semifinalists for each region from so many interesting applications, so they have to make some tough decisions. The average skill level was quite high; it’s exciting to realise how many talented young chefs there are around the world that have the potential and the passion to emerge—they’re just looking for their big break.”

May 1 to August 15 semifinalists of each region will compete in local challenges. Each region will have a jury composed of top independent chefs, who will judge the semifinalists’ signature dishes and choose the best one. The individual winners from each geographic area will then move on to the international finals.

At the end of August, the 20 best local young chefs from each region of the world will be announced as the international official finalists. At this stage, they will also be assigned a 'mentor chef', who will advise them on how to improve their signature dishes and help them prepare for the global finals.

The finalists will compete in the grand finale on October 13 in Milan, which will include two days of cooking in front of the Seven Sages jury that will determine the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016.

Find out who are the 10 semi-finalists from MEA on the next page...

Eka Mochamad at Bateaux Dubai
Signature Dish: Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese Chantilly, Orange Dressing and Chocolate
Country: UAE

Andrew McKinnon, DW Eleven Restaurant
Signature Dish: City of Gold
Country: South Africa

Jean-Claude Wagener, Something Good Roadhouse
Signature Dish: Karoo Lamb
Country: South Africa

Gregorie Berger, Restaurant Ossiano Fine Dining - Atlantis The Palm
Signature Dish: Kerguelen island legine & Cured Goose
Country: UAE

 Dion Vengatass, Belmond Mount Nelson Planet restaurant
Signature Dish: Memories of shell fish curry
Country: South Africa

Michael O’Shea, The Ivy Dubai
Signature Dish: Texture of peas and ham
Country: UAE

Kevin Hook, La Spiaggia
Signature Dish: Newborn palm heart cooked and raw, burnt prawns tartar in carrot "samoussas", tiger prawns cooked at low temperature with crumble of spicy dhol
Country: Mauritius

Philip Nel, Rust en Vrade
Signature Dish: The 3 little pigs went for Sunday lunch
Country: South Africa

Dean Jones, The Tasting Room @ Le Quartier Francais
Signature Dish: Net Caught Fish & Chips
Country: South Africa

Harda Azman, NINO (Kharafi Global)
Signature Dish: Citrus tea smoked salmon, pickled onion, bacon white bean salad,asparagus textures, malwani masala vinagrette
Country: Kuwait

 

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