The San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year award is a global competition pitting the best young culinary talent against each other, and we’ve just crowned the Aussie winner.
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On Monday, some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best young chefs, flanked by some of our more experienced ones (hello Jacques Reymond and Scott Pickett), battled in an epic all-day cook off before the winner was eventually crowned.
And we’re proud to say he works in Melbourne. A-thank you!
John Rivera from Armadale restaurant Amaru took out the top gong.
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He’ll travel to Milan to take on the world’s best and he’ll have Melbourne legend Scott Pickett as his mentor.
A very nervous John addressed a crowd at Tonic at Crown Promenade and thanked his peers.
“I’m lost for words. I’m very humbled,” the former Lume chef said.
John beat nine other chefs to the punch, including three others from Melbourne; Mattia Oloisio – Osteria Ilaria, Zackary Furst – IDES and Matteo Toffano – Grossi Florentino.
About the San Pellegrino Young Chef
Ten semi-finalists from each of the 21 regions worldwide face off before winners are selected to attend the Grand Final.
They are selected from thousands of applications submitted by young chefs from more than 90 different countries.
The 10 hottest young chefs in the Aus/Pacific:
Matteo Toffano, Grossi Florentino, Melbourne, Victoria
Parveen Prasad, Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, NSW
John Rivera, Amaru, Armadale, Victoria
Dario Manca, Pilu at Freshwater, Freshwater, NSW
Zackary Furst, Ides, Melbourne, Victoria
Robert Fairs, Roots, Christchurch, New Zealand
Mattia Aloisio, Osteria Ilaria, Melbourne, Victoria
Jason Kim, Sidart, Auckland, New Zealand
Joshua Gregory, Exp. Restaurant, Newcastle, NSW
William Mordido, Buko, Auckland, New Zealand
The winner was decided by a jury composed of leading independent chefs, based on the five Golden Rules; ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
The judges were:
Christine Manfield, author & chef, Universal & Paramount, Sydney Australia
Scott Pickett, Estelle, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Paul Carmichael, Momofuku, Sydney, Australia
Andrew McConnell, Supernormal, Melbourne, Australia
Jacques Reymond, L’Hôtel Gitan, Melbourne, Australia