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Tips for Young Chefs Looking to Enter Prestigious S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022

Mark Moriarty, the inaugural winner of the international S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition will take on the role of juror for this year’s competition and has put together some Top Tips for young chefs looking to take part.

After winning the competition in 2015, Moriarty’s career skyrocketed. With the international recognition of the competition behind him, Mark brought his skills around the globe, working with top names in the food industry as well as a range of international brands. This year, Mark is looking forward to acting as a juror for the esteemed competition and has shares some top tips for young chefs looking to enter S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23. Speaking about the competition, the 2015 winner, Mark Moriarty said, “Your dish is the most important part of a competition like this, and you need to be clear on its appeal and confident in its execution. Looking back on my time in the competition, I feel these are the key considerations that led me to success.”

6 Top Tips for Young Chefs entering the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23. 1. Choose a delicious yet practical dish that is technically perfect and that you are confident in executing each element. 2. Bring your personality to the dish. It’s important that judges can tell what kind of chef you are and what you represent. 3. Make sure your dish has global relevance incorporating timely references, like sustainability for example. Your dish should be more than a series of complimentary ingredients, it’s a vehicle for telling a story and an opportunity to create a moment of theatre. 4. Cook something you are passionate about. Create a plate of food that has a message behind it.

5. Don't focus solely on seasonality, as it can often hinder you in a global competition that runs throughout the year. 6. They say a ‘picture paints a thousand words’ and this is especially true here. Before you ever get to cook your plate of food, you’ll be judged on the image you submit so make sure it looks as good on the page as it does in the kitchen.

Young culinary talent across the globe has the opportunity to enter the competition for the first time since 2019. The exciting global initiative created by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy aims to discover and nurture brilliant professionals to push the boundaries of gastronomy The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022/23 will offer young chefs the opportunity to start an inspiring and educational journey, gaining global visibility and significant professional prestige, culminating in the Grand Finale event in 2023. Young chefs under 30 years of age can register for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 on until 30th June 2022. Applicants must provide personal and professional information as well as their own recipe for the all-important signature dish which should showcase their personal vision, unique skills, and creativity. To discover more about the initiative or to apply for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 please visit:

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