S.Pellegrino Young Chef UK and Ireland Winner is Chosen Ahead of the Global Grand Finale in Milan
On Tuesday 21st June 2016, a panel of the UK and Ireland’s leading chefs – who hold five Michelin stars between them – named George Kataras from M Threadneedle Street as the best emerging chef talent from the UK and Ireland. The live cook-off for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition was held at Waitrose Cookery School. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend along with other influencers in the foodie community and what a treat we had in store. The emerging talent in the UK and Ireland kitchens are leading the way on the international scene.
Many familiar restaurants were represented in the competition including young chefs from The Savoy, Annabel’s, The Dorchester and Llangoed Hall. Whilst competition was fierce, highlighting fresh, local ingredients and back stories to match, for me there was one standout dish – Whole Turbot from George Kataras from M Restaurants. The fish literally melted in the mouth and the simplicity of flavours made sure that the fish was the star of the show and the accompanying ingredients perfectly complemented without overwhelming.
Following a tough decision, George Kataras from M Restaurants was chosen for his winning dish of Whole Turbot, commenting: “My dish is inspired by the summer and my favourite seasonal ingredients. I like to cook without using any food wastage, which happens far too often in this industry! My dish includes the bones and head of Turbot, which both add lots of flavour to the sauces. It’s a dish that’s now included on my menu. To win the S.Pellegrino UK and Ireland final is a dream come true and I can’t wait to perfect my dish with Claude Bosi in the lead up to the global Milan final.”
George will now join 19 other finalists from around the world in the grand finale to be held in Milan in October 2016. Mentored by Claude Bosi in the run up to the main event, it is sure to be an exciting competition as George seeks to bring the title of San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year back to the UK for the second year in a row.
Bosi continues: “I’m honoured to be part of the S.Pellegrino global search to find the best young chef talent in the world of fine dining and I’m looking forward to helping George perfect his dish before the final in Milan.”
George Kataras says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win the S.Pellegrino UK & Ireland Young Chef title and I’m very excited to represent our region in Milan. S.Pellegrino has given me such a fantastic opportunity to be trained by some of the best chefs in the world, as well as putting my name on a global stage. The final will be a great opportunity to meet and compete against other young chefs from across the globe and I will do my best to impress.”
George has got some pretty big footsteps to follow in to the final, last year’s global winner was Mark Moriarty from Ireland. Best of luck George, a worthy contender at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 competition, it’s going to be fantastic!