John Rivera to represent Australia in S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018
Selected from thousands of applicants across the globe, the 21 young chefs will take part in the Grand Finale round, on May 11-13, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
Representing Australia and the Pacific is John Rivera of Amaru in Melbourne who came out on top in the local round with his signature dish, Sinigang. The dish is a take on the traditional hot and sour Filipino soup, and features Hapuka, tomato, calamansi and taro.
Rivera is now working with his mentor chef Scott Pickett of Estelle, who will provide guidance on how to improve his signature dish leading up to the Grand Finale in Milan.
Rivera said working with Pickett is an “absolute blessing”.
“Scott is really pushing me to be 100 per cent confident with my dish and we are working together to refine each element,” he said. “He’s carefully guiding me in making the dish a complete reflection of who I am and my style without being authoritative.”
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 finalists are:
Africa & Middle East: Vusumuzi Ndlovu (The Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa – Johannesburg, South Africa)
BeNeLux: Frederic Chastro (Sõma– Antwerp, Belgium)
Canada: Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais (Automne – Montréal)
Central America Caribbean: José Óscar Casimiro Segundo (Ajumú – Guadalajara, Mexico)
China: Chanwai Poon (Aurora at Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai)
East Europe: Marcin Popielarz (White Rabbit – Gdansk, Poland)
France: Antonio Buono (Mirazur – Menton)
Germany & Austria: Falko Weiss (à la Minute – Trier)
Italy: Edoardo Fumagalli (La Locanda del Notaio – Pellio Intelvi, Como)
Japan: Yasuhiro Fujio (La Cime – Osaka, Japan)
Latin America: Elizabeth Puquio Landeo (Ambrosía – Santiago, Chile)
Mediterranean Countries: Constadina Voulgari Kontesopoulou (Pelagos Sea Side – Ierapetra, Greece)
Northeast Asia: Zih-Yang Chen (VG The Seafood Bar – Taipei, Taiwan)
Pacific: John Rivera (Amaru – Armadale, Melbourne)
Russia & CIS: Ruslan Evstigneev (Pushkin – Kazan, Russia)
Scandinavia & the Baltics: Anton Husa (Upper House Dining – Gothenburg, Sweden)
Southeast Asia: Jake Kellie (Burnt Ends – Singapore)
Spain & Portugal: David Andrés (ABaC – Barcelona, Spain)
Switzerland: Dävid Walti (Eisblume – Worb)
UK & Ireland: Killian Crowley (Aniar – Galway, Ireland)
United States: John Taube (The NoMad Hotel – New York)