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Catalan Young Chef Award

36th edition Catalan Young Chef Award
43th University Gastronomy Day

The Catalan Young Chef Award is a contest held as part of the University Gastronomy Day, and decides on who is the Best Young Chef in Catalonia. It is one of the oldest culinary contests in Spain.

Since the 2016 edition, the winner of the Catalan Young Chef Award has been the representative of Catalonia in the final phase of the European Young Chef Award. The participation of one of the winners at the European Young Chef Award (EYCA) is promoted by Prodeca and the Catalan Tourism Agency, as members of the platform of the European Regions of Gastronomy.

The 36th edition of the Catalan Young Chef Award is taking place on March 5, 2024 at EUHT StPOL facilities.

Albert Sastregener, guest chef at the 2024 edition

Albert Sastregener has become one of the most popular Catalan chefs in recent years, especially thanks to his work at Bo.TiC, which holds two Michelin stars

His passion for cuisine comes from an early age. After finishing his studies he worked in prestigious restaurants such as Abac*** or La Cuina de Can Pipes*, among others. 

In 2022, Sastregener was recognized with the National Gastronomy Award, created by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy and Nutrition, which qualified its gastronomic proposal as "innovative and with Catalan roots".

European Young Chef Award

Ever since the 2016 edition, the chef that will represent Catalonia in the European Young Chef Award (EYCA) will be chosen among the finalists. In 2024, it will be held on November, 30 in Sicily (Italy).

The European Young Chef Award brings together regional winners from all over Europe to present and exchange knowledge about traditional dishes and local food products from their regions. In the competition, the candidates propose a reinterpretation of traditional recipes. The award aims to promote innovations in traditional cuisine, highlight sustainable food cultures and create future chef ambassadors for local regions and food products.