He-Sen Liu wins with his signature dish "Shandong Wagyu Homemade Oyster Sauce," which highlights the gastronomic heritage of Chinese culinary culture while looking to the future.
MILAN, July 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As preparations continue for the highly anticipated S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-23 Grand Finale – to be held in Milan on October 4-5, 2023 – S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy announces the winner of the Acqua Panna Connection in Gastronomy Award: He-Sen Liu, from Ling Long restaurant in Beijing, representing the mainland China competition region.
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The prize, one of the three collateral prizes of the Contest, is awarded to the chef who best reflects the balance between the past and the future in his signature dish, expressing the traditional gastronomic heritage of his country of origin.
Voted on by the Contest mentors, Liu emerged as the overall winner ahead of 14 other finalists competing as winners from their respective regions, ultimately triumphing with his signature dish, "Shandong Wagyu Homemade Oyster Sauce," made with the help of his mentor, Wu Rong.
"It is the first time that a young chef from China has received this important award. It means a lot to me," Liu said. "All of my efforts over the past few years, combined with my painstaking work at my restaurant Ling Long, are inspired by the rich geography, abundant ingredients, and traditional cooking techniques of Chinese cuisine. My goal is to trace its historical diversity while exploring global fusion with integration and innovation. I firmly believe in the power of food and remain committed to honoring my culture while evolving my culinary style with an open mind and heart that appreciates tradition."
Stefano Bolognese, Director of the Sanpellegrino International Business Unit, commented: "Cultural heritage is the foundation of gastronomy and we believe it is very important to be able to highlight our origins, showing the best that our countries of origin can offer. At the same time, there can be no progress without the influence of foreign elements and the beauty of different cultures coming together to create something new. He-Sen Liu embodies the perfect combination of tradition and evolution, never forgetting his origins but bringing an innovative touch and expressing it in his signature dish. We are honored to assign it the title of this edition."
As the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy paves the way for some of the most talented young chefs in the world, personal and professional growth is one of its main objectives. With this in mind, the Academy has offered a series of inspiring workshops related to relevant industry topics, dedicated to all the regional finalists. Finalists for the Acqua Panna Connection in Gastronomy Award participated in the "Cultural Guardianship" workshop, moderated by Fine Dining Lovers journalist and Academy spokesperson Tom Jenkins, which explored the role chefs play in celebrating and amplifying culture while creating something new with familiar flavors. The workshop gave the participants the opportunity to listen and exchange opinions with chefs such as Debora Fadul, Jessica Rosval, David Martin and Stefan Stiller and journalists Andrew Friedman and Evelyn Chen.
Commenting on this undeniable connection between cuisine and culture, Tom Jenkins said: "These workshops framed the impact of food on culture at large. As one guest put it, 'everything flows through food'. We examined how the fusion of cultures and cuisines over the centuries has created the food culture we know today, and on a more personal level, we heard beautiful stories from our chefs and experts about how food has allowed them to not only discover other cultures, but to reconnect with their own culture. s and even with their own families."
For more information on the initiative, visit: www.sanpellegrinoyoungchefacademy.com.
About the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy
Gastronomy has the potential to transform society, shaping a more inclusive and sustainable future. But for that you need talent. That's why S.Pellegrino has created the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy, a platform to attract, connect and nurture the next generation of culinary talent. An environment that will empower them through educational, mentoring and experience opportunities, as well as through renowned global competition.
The Academy opens its doors to members from more than 70 different countries, ensuring that talent is not constrained by geography, ethnicity or gender. It is a place where passionate young chefs interact with the most influential players in global gastronomy, and where together they cultivate an inspiring culinary community.
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About S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna
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