Young Engadine Talents

8 – 9 January 2019
Suvretta House, St. Moritz

Since encouragement of young cooking talent is important to the festival organisers, the competition for up-and-coming “Young Engadine Talents” was launched in 2012 and will take place for the eighth time as part of the 2019 festival. The venue for the competition will be the kitchen of the Suvretta House in St. Moritz. All apprentice chefs from the Engadine, in their third year of training, have been invited to participate. They face the daunting task of conjuring up two gourmet dishes using a fixed basket of market produce but without any limits on using their imagination. As usual, this year’s basket of produce is kindly being donated by Rageth Comestibles AG. The competition is organised and run by Fabrizio Zanetti, Executive Chef at the Suvretta House, together with master chef Roland Jöhri. Furthermore, the expert jury that will judge the skills of these young talents includes Claudio Dietrich, Hotel Director at the Waldhaus Sils, alongside Dario Cadonau, Director of the IN LAIN Hotel Cadonau in Brail. Traditionally, the “Young Engadine Talents” competition takes place shortly before the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. The three chosen winners will be given the opportunity of participating in the Great BMW Gourmet Finale at the Suvretta House on 19th January, where they will be announced in front of a large audience. The winner will win a placement training period with a master chef of renowned restaurant or hotel, amongst other prizes.

Winner 2018

The competition 2018 was won by Fabio Berger, apprentice chef at the Suvretta House in St. Moritz. The jury chose participant Mathias Müller in second place and Valentin Minder was selected in third position, both apprentice chefs at the Hotel Waldhaus Sils.