S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 revealed: Japan's Yasuhiro Fujio
Yasuhiro Fujio, representing Japan, was crowned winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018, after two days of competition on May 12-13, 2018.
With mentor Luca Fantin – one Michelin star chef of the Bulgari Hotel in Tokyo – Fujio presented his signature dish 'across the sea' to celebrate Japanese heritage.
Fujio also took the honour of the Acqua Panna – Taste of Authenticity Award, assigned by the 21 mentors to recognise respect for ingredients and ability to tell his own cultural background.
Elizabeth Puquio Landeo representing South America was crowned with the Fine Dining Lovers People’s Choice Award, assigned by the online community of foodies.
The grand jury (the Sages) this year was composed of: Virgilio Martínez, Margarita Forés, Brett Graham, Annie Féolde, Dominique Crenn, Ana Roš and Paul Pairet. For the first time this year, four out of seven Sages were women.
This third edition of S.Pellegrino Young Chef welcomed guests like singer Tom Walker with a live performance; chef Massimo Bottura, who joined the Seven Sages in a final gala dinner.