Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais captures the title of Canada’s Best Young Chef

Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais to compete against 20 global contenders in race to win S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018

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Benjamin Mauroy-LanglaisFollowing outstanding performances by Canada’s ten semi-finalists from coast-to-coast, chef Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais wins the coveted title of Canada’s best young chef with his signature dish: Smoked eel, celeriac (spring in Kamouraska). Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais earns the opportunity to compete against 20 of the world’s top chefs for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title in Milan in June 2018.

Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais was among ten semi-finalists chosen to compete before a jury of industry heavy weights including – Anthony Walsh (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Toronto, ON), Joël Watanabe (Kissa Tanto and Bao Bei, Vancouver, BC), Todd Perrin (Mallard Cottage, St. John’s, NF), Riccardo Bertolino (Maison Boulud, Montreal, QC) and Jen Agg (Grey Gardens, The Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, Rhum Corner, Toronto, ON and Agrikol, Montreal QC) – who evaluated signature dishes of each semi-finalist based on the five “Golden Rules”: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty and message.

75 guests including renowned chefs, restauranteurs and media attended the exclusive gathering at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 2nd to experience the thrilling competition first-hand with Liem Vu (The Morning Show) and Danielle Finestone (TOFoodies) at the helm as hosts. Guests enjoyed a 10-course tasting menu featuring signature dishes by the 10 semi-finalists, as judges tasted and evaluated each young chef’s dish. Attendees were also invited to vote for their personal favourites with Dominic Giroux taking the crown as the People’s Choice winner.

“The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition creates an opportunity for young Canadians to not only showcase their exceptional culinary skills but have a once in a lifetime experience to gain mentorship from the best of the best. It’s an opportunity to take their skills to next level, setting the foundation for a thriving career,” says Jennifer Semley Robert, Marketing Manager, International Brands, Nestlé Waters Canada.

Riccardo Bertolino will help cultivate Chef Mauroy-Langlais’s signature dish as Canada’s mentor chef, before traveling to Milan to compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title. “I’m excited to be on this journey with Benjamin and help showcase Canada’s unprecedented young talent. With the right blend of creativity, passion and hard work, Benjamin is destined for success on the world stage,” says Bertolino.

Semi-finalists were selected based on the five golden rules: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message by experts at ALMA, the World’s Leading International Educational and Training Centre for Italian Cuisine. Exclusive content will be published regularly on and, the online magazine for food enthusiasts proudly endorsed by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.


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