Killian Crowley was named the winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 UK and Ireland competition, and will advance to the global finals round to take place in Milan June 2018.
With his signature dish of turbot, kohlrabi and sea purslane, Killian finished ahead of nine other contenders. The local semi-finalists competing for a chance to participate in the Grand Finale were hand-selected by ALMA, the world's leading international educational and training center for Italian cuisine.
The UK and Ireland's regional competition took place at Aveqia. A distinguished jury of chefs, who each hold a Michelin star, including Angela Hartnett of Murano, Phil Howard of Elystan Street, Alyn Williams of The Westbury and Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, Dublin, tasted and evaluated each of the semi-finalists' signature Golden Rules ": ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message, based on their adherence to the competition.
Killian gained international experience cooking in Michelin star restaurants across Europe is now Chef de Partie at 1 Michelin star Aniar in Ireland, a terroir restaurant using local and wild produce.