S.Pellegrino is growing its Young Chef competition into a unique educational platform able to attract, connect and nurture the next generation of culinary game changers, an act even more crucial in such challenging times.
This robust plan of educational opportunities for young chefs will be developed in collaboration with some of the most renowned members of the global gastronomy community and a selection of prestigious partners.
UK, 30 November 2020 – S.Pellegrino announces the launch of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, a long-term engagement platform where talented and passionate young chefs can meet and learn from the most influential and renowned members of the gastronomy world.
Today gastronomy plays a pioneering role driving social and environmental change: with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy launch, S.Pellegrino aims to cultivate an international talent ecosystem pushing a continuous evolution, not only within the sector, but also across society.
FROM A CULINARY COMPETITION TO A PLATFORM WITH PURPOSE
Keeping the S.Pellegrino Young Chef cooking competition as its backbone, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy puts education at the heart of the program. Synonymous with passion and dedication, the Academy is an inclusive place, where youth meets experience, supporting the development of the next generation of visionary talents wanting to make a difference in gastronomy worldwide.
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy opens its doors to participants from more than 70 countries, ensuring talent knows no boundaries when it comes to ethnicity, gender, geography or any other extraneous factors. All of the candidates selected for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition will automatically enter the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, together with the Senior profiles – Sages, Mentors and Jurors – involved in the contest.
A CONNECTED COMMUNITY, MENTORED BY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL INDUSTRY FIGURES
Some of the most renowned members of the global culinary community, who already left their mark during the S.Pellegrino Young Chef journey, will share their precious expertise within the Academy, enjoying the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of chefs.
World renowned chefs Enrico Bartolini, Massimo Bottura, Manu Buffara, Andreas Caminada, Mauro Colagreco, Gavin Kaysen, Clare Smyth and the Editor-In-Chief of Fine Dining Lovers Ryan King are the first to join the project: they will collaborate with S.Pellegrino to enrich the educational program, developing an exciting and exclusive calendar of webinars, interviews and discussions available on the Academy’s digital platform.
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy will also be supported by a selection of prestigious partners, including ALMA – La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, Google, Facebook and Fondazione Altagamma, all adding to the academic line up, exploring topics such as innovation, inclusivity and communication.
Stefano Bolognese, Sanpellegrino International Business Unit Director, says: “We are particularly proud to announce the opening of our S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, as a further step to our commitment in shaping the future of gastronomy, together with the most brilliant chef community. The project aims to facilitate talent discovery and connection, with a specific focus on the young generations of chefs, who will be the game changers of tomorrow. Dedicated virtual spaces to share experiences, ideas and opportunities have become crucial when dealing with the challenges of the future. We developed the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy as an international community, connected across digital and human networks, with a credible approach supported by the influential industry figures and partners joining this adventure with us”.