European Young Chef 2016 Announced

Today, Joan Roca together with an international jury panel selected the European Young Chef for 2016.  The winner, Stamatios Misomikes from South Aegean region, Greece won the competition with his dish: Salas, the joyness of a birth.

His aim was to create an explosion of flavours mixing ingredients coming from all over his region to deliver local culinary traditions. He explained to the jury that his creation is based on 19 ingredients coming from three different South Aegean islands. He presented it with an infusion blending 19 different spices.

Joan Roca commented on the importance of a competition gathering 10 different European regions each representing different culinary traditions. He added that it was not easy to select the winner, since the level of technical skills was very high. He stressed the significance of storytelling as a fundamental aspect characterizing each dish, while highlighting the richness of flavours and tastes. He congratulates every participant for the amazing work they carried out.

The competition that aims to highlight the importance of local food products and cultures brought together 10 finalists from regional competitions. The competition demonstrated the excellent quality and high standards that young chefs are attaining in Europe.

The finalists attending the competition came from 10 regions from:

Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016

East Lombardy, European Region of Gastronomy 2017

Riga-Gauja, European Region of Gastronomy 2017

Aarhus-Central Denmark Region, European Region of Gastronomy 2017

North Brabant, European Region of Gastronomy 2018

Galway-West of Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018

Sibiu, European Region of Gastronomy 2019

South Aegean, European Region of Gastronomy 2019

Kuopio, European Region of Gastronomy 2020 (candidate)

Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy 2020 (candidate)

The European Young Chef Award is promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT), and the 2016 edition is hosted by the Escola Universitària d’Hoteleria I Turisme de Sant Pol de Mar (EUHTStPOL). The event is being held within the framework of Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy 2016 and on the 50th anniversary of EUHTStPol.

The aims of the European Young Chef Award are to:

Promote innovations on traditional cuisine

Local food cultures are an important source of innovation. Traditions developed over centuries form the vital ‘DNA’ of food cultures and regional gastronomy as well as local knowledge is therefore an important potential source of innovative products and experiences.

Highlight sustainable food cultures
Sustainable local, regional and global food systems are important for all our futures. The European Young Chef Award therefore aims to stimulate debate about sustainable food and gastronomy practices, production and consumption.

Create future ambassadors for local food products
Local food products are often unique to the territory from which they come. Likewise, regional culture creates distinction that underline the added-value of local products. By giving visibility to emerging chefs that support local products, it is hoped to contribute to a more sustainable and better quality of food experiences.

The competition is followed by a Round Table event where celebrity chefs, Joan Roca and Carme Ruscalleda will talk about their role in mentoring young chefs.


    Wassim Hallal

    Aarhus/Central Denmark Region 2017 will celebrate our widespread and innovative use of local ingredients.


    Robert Palmer

    European Region of Gastronomy is a pioneering project of cultural and economic significance to all regions who participate.


    Montserrat Garrido Romera

    Sant Pol de Mar is proud to share knowledge in raising the quality of culture and gastronomy offers.


    Carme Ruscalleda

    Catalonia is committed to raising the quality of local cuisine and food products.


    Francisco de Calheiros

    Minho IN aims to create synergies with other areas that share the same views on competitiveness and economic development.


    Maurizio Zanella

    East Lombardy promotes food and wine tourism, with a particular attention to local cuisine and sustainable food production.


    Dzintars Kristovskis

    Technology and cooking is so advanced that I feel the urge to go back to the roots. Riga-Gauja 2017 European Region of Gastronomy is going to be about that.


    Joan Roca

    I congratulate this initiative that highlights the richness and diversity of European gastronomy, at the same time as valuing chefs for their role in ecology and sustainability.


    Anton Rombouts

    North Brabant 2018 will highlight how agrifood industries are protecting food and culture diversity.


    1st Partner Meeting in North Brabant, April 2014


    2nd Partner Meeting in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia, June 2014


    Information Day at Brussels during the Open Day October 2014


    3rd Partner Meeting in Brussels, October 2014


    Regions bidding for the title in 2016 present to an international jury at Palacete Villa Moraes, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, 5 February 2015


    4th Partner Meeting in Minho, February 2015


    5th Partner Meeting Catalonia, June 2015


    Winning 2016 Regions Award Ceremony at the Pedrera, Barcelona, 2 July 2015


    Regions bidding for the title in 2017 present to an international jury at the Fundació Alicia, Catalonia, 3 July 2015


    Catalonia and Minho present their programmes for 2016 to SEDEC of the Committee of the Regions, 22 September 2015


    Winning 2017 Regions Award Ceremony at ExpoMilan, supported by DG Growth of the European Commission, 29 September 2015


    6th Partner Meeting Bergamo, 1 October 2015


    Regions present their candidature for 2018


    7th Partner Meeting in Noord-Brabant


    Winning 2018 Regions Award Ceremony in Aarhus