TORONTO — Chef Paul Moran, of the Canadian Mountain Holidays’ K2 Lodge in Nakusp, B.C., was crowned the winner of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Canadian Regional Competition at Malaparte in Toronto last night.
Moran beat nine other competitors in the cooking competition, impressing judges, Susur Lee, Cory Vitiello and Matty Matheson, with his dish of Blood Pigeon smoked and roasted with beet jus and charcoal oil, polenta and salsify. He will travel to Milan from June 25 to 27 to compete against 19 other young chefs during the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. “It’s a great feeling to represent Canada in Milan,” said Moran. “I’m already thinking about Italy and competing with the other young chefs from around the world.”
As a result of winning the competition last night, Moran scored a chef mentorship with Lee. “The culinary industry is incredibly competitive,” said Lee. “S. Pellegrino’s Young Chef program gives chefs under 30 an opportunity to compete internationally while giving them access to experienced chefs so they can take their craft to the next level.”