The Winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 UK & Ireland Announced


Last night in London, a panel of Michelin starred chefs, including Irish chefs JP McMahon and Ross Lewis, announced the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 UK & Ireland.

George Kataras from M Threadneedle Street, London, was named as the best young talented chef in the UK and Ireland beating still competition from nine other competing semi-finalists.

The semi-final saw the ten young chefs compete in a three hour live cook-off at the Waitrose Cookery School in London the judging panel of four acclaimed chefs. Kataras was chosen as a winner by JP McMahon and Ross Lewis, along with two other London based judges, Claude Bosi of Hibiscus and Ollie Dabbous of Dabbous.

The winning dish was a Whole Turbot dish. Describing his vision behind the dish Kataras said: “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.”

S.Pellegrino Young Chef of The Year 2016, Uk and Ireland Reginal Final, London, UK, 21st June 2016

Judge Claude Bosi, who will also serve as Kartaras’ mentor up until the final, said: “The calibre of dishes presented this evening was hugely impressive, but George Kataras’s dish of Whole Turbot stood out with its flavour, the skill involved, beauty of presentation and the true message behind it. I look forward to taking George Kataras to the grand final in Milan.”

Commenting on his win the young chef explained: “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 … 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 Kataras will now enter the final phase of the competition with Claude Bosi’s expert guidance to hone and advise on his final dish. When he arrives in Milan for the Grand Final he will be up against another 19 talented young chefs from around the world, where the young chef will also carry the addional pressure of trying to bring the region to its second consecutive victory.

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