North Brabant’s contestant for the European Young Chef Award

Bon Sawatdee is the 24 years old chef who won the preliminary selection in North BrabantEuropean Region of Gastronomy 2018. He will compete side by side with young chefs from the European Regions of Gastronomy, on 6 November 2017 for the coveted title European Young Chef 2017. The competition will take place in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia hosted by University College for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, EUHT StPOL.

Bon Sawatdee attended the secondary Hotel School in Eindhoven, his fascination for food and cuisine started at an early age and he has worked in professional kitchens since he was 16 years old in order to gain experience. His focus has mainly been on classical french oriented cuisine, but in his dishes he loves to communicate his personal background and traditions. His passion for Asian cooking is, as well, always present in what he creates. He told us he loves to create new recipes working with fish and shellfish and for the competition he will innovate the “Balkenbrij” – a typical Dutch recipe with local crayfish from waters in Brabant, combining it with preparations of pumpkin, an asian vinaigrette and a coconut and lobster foam that is hoped to wow the judges.

The young chef finalists have all been tasked with preparing an innovative dish starting from a traditional recipe using local raw material derived from their native regions.

There is less than three weeks to the competition which will involve an international jury panel presided by the Greek celebrity chef Argiro Barbarigou from the winning 2016 South Aegean region. The winner of the European Young Chef Award 2016Stamatios Misomikes will return but this time, to give a Master Class for the finalists.

The Young Chef Award is a competition organized and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) together with the support of the awarded European Regions of Gastronomy under the auspices of the top Catalan chef Joan Roca, member of the jury in 2016 and Ambassador of the Award.

The aims of the Award are to: promote innovations on traditional cuisine, highlight sustainable food cultures and create future ambassadors for local food products.


IGCAT is a non-profit organisation established in 2012 working in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. Through its worldwide network of experts, IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting local leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. IGCAT is the official secretariat for the Region of Gastronomy Platform and provides the European Region of Gastronomy Award, the European Young Chef Award and the Innovative Food Souvenir Award.

About the European Regions of Gastronomy

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award aim to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation.