Andreas Bjerring, the Young Chef Finalist from Central Denmark Region

The European Young Chef Award 2018 edition is stacked with ambitious and talented young chefs from ten different regions around Europe. This 26 November, the ten Young Chef finalists will head to Galway, Ireland to compete for the title of European Young Chef Award 2018. Young Chef finalist Andreas Bjerring will compete for the Aarhus/Central Denmark European Region of Gastronomy 2017.

Andreas Bjerring is 22 years old and studies gastronomy at Silkeborg College360 in Central Denmark Region. He is a young chef student who loves to learn new techniques and to innovate on traditional recipes using local products. He is currently working at the restaurant Molskroen near Ebeltoft in the Central Denmark Region. At this restaurant they operate with French cuisine, and focus on using local produce, especially the beach and the local farmers.

The European Young Chef Award aims to showcase regional and local food products while contributing to raise awareness on healthy eating. It furthermore promotes food as a powerful tool able to re-connect rural and urban environments and to find smart solutions towards regional development through food production and sustainable hospitality industries.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy from Europe, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness and share the long-term aim to: promote a better quality of life in European regions; highlight distinctive food cultures; educate for better health and sustainability; nurture creativity; improve tourism standards; and stimulate gastronomic innovation.


IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting leaders in regions to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the European Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Food Experiences of the Year and the Food Film Festivals project.