The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2023 was unveiled during the night of October 5, marking the close of the fifth edition of the highly thrilling global quest for emerging culinary talent, orchestrated by the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy. After a rigorous two-year competition, the Grand Finale unfolded in Milan, where 15 promising young chef winners from various regions showcased their best, unveiling their talent, creativity, and vision for the future of gastronomy. Nelson Freitas impressed the esteemed Grand Jury and secured the prestigious S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award 2023.
A Triumph for Iberian Culinary Talent
Representing the Iberian Countries, young chef Nelson Freitas from Portugal competed with his exceptional signature dish „Crispy red mullet, sea urchin, and homemade black garlic,“ a creation in collaboration with his mentor, Filipe Carvalho. The expert Grand Jury, consisting of globally acclaimed chefs such as Riccardo Camanini, Hélène Darroze, Vicky Lau, Pía León, and Nancy Silverton, commended Freitas for his refined culinary skills, ingredient selection, the dish’s aesthetics, and the compelling messages it conveyed.
A Journey Forward in Gastronomy
In the company of past S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Award winners like Jerome Ianmark Calayag (2021), Yasuhiro Fujio (2018), Mitch Lienhard (2016), and Mark Moriarty (2015), Nelson Freitas now embarks on a path to elevate his talent and contributions, shaping the evolution of gastronomy on a global scale.
About S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy
Gastronomy has the potential to transform society, shaping a more inclusive, more sustainable future. But doing so requires talent. That’s why S.Pellegrino has created S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, a platform to attract, connect and nurture the next generation of culinary talents. An environment that will empower them through education, mentoring and experience opportunities, as well as through the renowned global competition.
The Academy opens its doors to members from over 70 different countries, ensuring that talent is not constrained by geography, ethnicity or gender. This is a place where passionate young chefs interact with the most influential players in global gastronomy, and where together they cultivate an inspiring culinary community.
To discover more please visit: https://www.sanpellegrinoyoungchefacademy.com/