European Young Chef Award 2016

IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors

Following the successful first three editions of the European Young Chef Award, 27 young finalists have signed a protocol to be IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors and thus commit to supporting regional cuisine and local products.

IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors support local food products and innovation on tradition to contribute to a more sustainable and better quality of food experiences.

The IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassador initiative is an opportunity to give extra visibility to the talented young chefs while at the same time spreading IGCAT’s message that cultural and food diversity is necessary to ensure sustainable futures for regions.

Jure Dretnik
Jure Dretnik
Slovenia Jure Dretnik is the young chef who represented Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy...
Hans Kjellsson
Hans Kjellsson
Aarhus-Central Denmark, Denmark “My passion is the good workmanship and local produce made with...
Clara Florit
Clara Florit
Menorca, Spain Born in Ciutadella de Menorca 26 years ago, Clara Florit is the finalist who...
Bernardo Calvo Oliveira
Bernardo Calvo Oliveira
Coimbra Region, Portugal Dedicated, passionate and humble, Bernardo Calvo Oliveira is proud to...
Paul Răhăian
Paul Răhăian
Sibiu, Romania 25 years old and with a strong passion for cooking, Paul Vlad Răhăian is the...
Vic Tosseram
Vic Tosseram
North Brabant, The Netherlands “I would describe myself as a learning cooking enthusiast who is...
Rui Meira
Rui Meira
Minho, Portugal He does not remember when he actually decided to become a cook but, according to...
Mariona Rodà
Mariona Rodà
Catalonia, Spain 19 years old, Mariona Rodà is the young talent who represented Catalonia...
Eirini Giorgoudiou
Eirini Giorgoudiou
South Aegean, Greece “Gastronomy is a fascinating art and we need to focus on its past and...
Tim Bressers
Tim Bressers
North Brabant, The Netherlands Tim is 25 years old, born and raised in Berghem in Noord-Brabant...
Suvi Mäki
Suvi Mäki
Kuopio, Finland 23-year-old, third-year Hospitality and Tourism student at the Savonia...
Rok Žurman
Rok Žurman
Slovenia A 21-year-old culinary student. Despite his current young age his journey in gastronomy...
Eric Díaz
Eric Díaz
Catalonia, Spain Eric is studying a High Degree in Kitchen Management and currently working in a...
Daniele Coccetti
Daniele Coccetti
Terra di Marca, Italy Daniele Coccetti a 24-year-old chef who first discovered his passion for...
Beatriz Costa
Beatriz Costa
Minho, Portugal Beatriz Da Silva Costa is an 18-year-old chef from Portugal. She is currently...
Antonis Dimovasilis
Antonis Dimovasilis
South Aegean, Greece He has worked as a Chef De Partie at the Frankie Italian...
Andrew Ishmael
Andrew Ishmael
Galway-West of Ireland, Ireland Full time student of Culinary Arts at Galway International Hotel...
Andreas Bjerring
Andreas Bjerring
Aarhus-Central Denmark Region, Denmark Andreas Bjerring is 22 years old and studies gastronomy...
Andra Andriuc
Andra Andriuc
Sibiu, Romania Andra Andriuc studies at the College of Sociology and Human Resources in Sibiu...
Josi Polso
Josi Polso
Kuopio, Finland Josi Polso is a third-year Hospitality and Tourism student at the Savonia...
Spiros Kougios
Spiros Kougios
South Aegean, Greece Spiros Kougios attended the School of Tourism and Cooking Training in...
Alin Barbancea
Alin Barbancea
Sibiu, Romania Alin is a young chef coming from Sibiu –  Romania an area with an...
Bon Sawatdee
Bon Sawatdee
North Brabant, The Netherlands Bon Sawatdee attended the secondary Hotel School in Eindhoven...
Aisling Rock
Aisling Rock
Galway-West of Ireland, Ireland Aisling Rock, is a 21 years old Culinary Arts student at the...
Davide Fiammenghi
Davide Fiammenghi
East Lombardy, Italy Davide comes from Cremona, he is 21 years old and his cuisine-love springs...
Pau Gabarró
Pau Gabarró
Catalonia, Spain Pau Gabarró’s passion for cuisine started when he finished secondary school and...
Filip Matjaž
Filip Matjaž
Primorska, Slovenia Filip graduated at the Faculty of Tourism Studies – in Primorska, Portorož...
Edgars Balodis
Edgars Balodis
Riga-Gauja, Latvia Edgars spent 3 years preparing himself to become a chef. Then, he started...
Shane Sheedy
Shane Sheedy
Galway, West of Ireland Shane is 28 years old and he has been working in kitchens since he was...
Stamatios Misomikes
Stamatios Misomikes
South Aegean, Greece Stamatios is a passionate and very creative young chef. Raised in a...
Andrei Iosif Micle
Andrei Iosif Micle
East Lombardy, Italy Micle is 22 years old and is a young consultant chef. He completed his...
Mikkel Kjølhede
Mikkel Kjølhede
Aarhus-Central Denmark Region, Denmark Mikkel is 27 years old and studied gastronomy at...
Jan van Hout
Jan van Hout
Noord Brabant, Netherlands Jan is 23 years old and studied at Venlo cookery school, The...
Daniel Joarza
Daniel Joarza
Sibiu, Romania Daniel is 28 years old and is a self-educated chef. After studying Management in...
Leon Pintaric
Leon Pintaric
Prekmurje, Slovenia Leon is 21 years old and studied at Bad Gleichenberg Tourism School in...
Mikko Tilhonen
Mikko Tilhonen
Kuopio, Finland Mikko is 27 years old and started his cooking career in 2005 at Savonia Culinary...

IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors are committed to:

  • showcase regional and local food products that are wholesome and healthy;
  • contribute to raising awareness of health issues and to promote healthy eating;
  • introduce innovations on traditional recipes in their menus;
  • support and promote local food traditions and festivals to the best of my ability and means;
  • promote local food cultures as an important source of new ideas and innovative food products and culinary experiences;
  • support initiatives that re-connect rural and urban environments and stimulate debate about the importance of traditional agriculture and food productions methods;
  • encourage dialogue between everyone in the hospitality chain supply in order to find smart solutions to demand and supply chains in the region with regard to food production;
  • encourage hoteliers and other restaurants to promote local products.
Contact us
To submit an application and for more information see: info@igcat.org