Mitch Lienhard of the United States wins top honour in S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016

Inspired storytelling sets Mitch Lienhard apart from 19 of the world's top young chefs  

TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Following an impressive summit of culinary minds, Mitch Lienhard of The United States has won the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 in Milan with his signature dish, roasted duck with spiced orange and yam.

A jury of seven internationally-celebrated chefs – David Higgs, Carlo Cracco, Gaggan Anand, Elena Arzak, Mauro Colagreco, Wylie Dufresne and Roberta Sudbrack, known as the "Seven Sages" – selected the winning dish based on five Golden Rules: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message.

Lienhard was among twenty finalists from across the globe, united by a common appreciation for fine cuisine. Lienhard was supported by The World's Best Female Chef 2016 and mentor, Dominique Crenn, who helped develop his signature dish in the months leading up to the competition.

Canadian finalist, Sean MacDonald (Calgary, AB) represented Canada with his signature dish Duck and Carrot, which honoured his Grandpa's favourite foods. MacDonald was mentored by Relais and Châteaux Grand Chef Normand Laprise in preparation for the Grand Finale. For MacDonald, the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition has been the beginning of much more: "This opportunity has opened many new doors for me and I am excited to see where it takes me. It is very motivating and inspiring to be working around some of the culinary greats. Not placing first stoked the fire in me, I can't wait to push harder."

Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana – n°1 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016 – continued the celebrations with a Gala dinner that hosted today's top culinary talents with those of the future. Two new honours were presented at the Gala, including the "Acqua Panna Contemporary Tradition Award," celebrating the dish best displaying traditional elements in a contemporary way and the "Inspiring Message Award by S.Pellegrino," chosen by the public on based on the most inspirational storytelling and message.

Winners at the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 include:

  • S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016: Mitch Lienhard from the United States
  • Acqua Panna Contemporary Tradition Award: Alessandro Salvatore Raspisarda from Italy
  • Inspiring Message Award by S.Pellegrino: Daniel Nates from Mexico


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