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Who will represent Ireland and the UK in S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015?

The first selection of finalists of the International S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 have been made.

Out of 3,620 participants in 191 countries and 20 world geographic areas there will only be 20 finalists. Four local chefs will now have to take part in a cook-off with 6 other chefs based around the British Isles to decide who will represent the region, identified in the competition as the UK/Ireland Geographical Area.

Mark Moriarty, Maria Elena Martinez Otero, Sarunas Godovan and Stephen Holland were chosen by ALMA Cooking School (the world's leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine), and were picked from thousands of applications received from professional young chefs working in kitchens around the world.

What’s next? Each candidate will now cook a dish for their local jury members who will choose one winning entry to represent Ireland and the UK. Once chosen, the 20 Final Chefs will be paired with a young designer picked by Vogue Italia. The 20 chef/designer duos will then begin work on a unique collaboration that will see each designer create a unique piece inspired by the chef’s dishes.

The final dishes and designs will be presented, in June, at a Grand Final event held in Italy during Expo Milano 2015 where the winning entry for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 will be announced. There will also be a special prize awarded to The Best Chef/Designer Couple.

The four Irish chefs who will cook it out with some of the best young chefs in the UK and Ireland to see who will represent the region in the Final are:

Mark Moriarty is Sous Chef at Restaurant The Culinary Counter in Dublin.
Mark's dish is Celeriac Baked in Barley and Fermented Hay, Cured and Smoked Celeriac

Maria Elena Martinez Otero is Chef de Partie at Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel (InterCont) in Dublin
Maria's dish is Smoked Orange,Chocolate Heart, Green Tea Crumbs and Ricotta

Sarunas Godovan is a Chef at Restaurant Tankardstown House in Slane, Co Meath.
Sarunas' dish is Turbot on the Bottom of the Sea

Stephen Holland is Exec Sous Chef at Restaurant Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Stephen's dish is Glenarm Whiskey Cured Salmon, Pickle Vegetables, Pistachio Bites

You can see the full list of 10 Chefs that were chosen in the UK/Ireland Geographical Area HERE

Congratulations to them all for getting through to the Geographic Finals and we wish them the best of luck in the challenge to become S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015.


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