MILAN, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- S.Pellegrino has announced the finalists of its global culinary talent search, S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2020. Launched in 2015, the initiative aims at nurturing the future of Gastronomy by promoting the next generation of culinary talent.   

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This year, 134 contestants from across the globe - aged between 18 and 30 - took part in 12 Regional Finals, and this was narrowed down to just 12, who will compete in the final in May 2020. Click here to discover the winners

S.Pellegrino believes that those at the cutting edge of gastronomy are pioneering its use as a device for social impact and change, and this was demonstrated by the young chefs throughout the competition. For example, in Germany, winner of the Central European competition, Levente Koppany created a signature dish which told a compelling story of respecting nature and acting to preserve the environment. Similarly, in Moscow, Euro-Asia winner Vitalii Savelev commented that he believes a chef can have an impact that goes beyond the cooking of a dish.

As well as the coveted positions in the finals, also presented were the Acqua Panna Award for Connection in Gastronomy, voted for by all the mentors that accompanied the young participants during the competition, and the Fine Dining Lovers Food for Thought Award, which is voted for by the online community of Fine Dining Lovers all over the world.

Finally, a third award was introduced this year: the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility, voted for by Food Made Good, an internationally recognized voice on Sustainability in food. This accolade has been assigned to the dishes that represent the principle that food is best when it is the result of sustainable practises. Rewarding those with novel approaches to sustainability, the judges for the Social Responsibility award looked at the impact of each dish in terms of climate change, biodiversity, food waste, resource use, nutrition, collaboration, advocacy and innovation

Provenance was a hot sustainability topic with a quarter of all chefs highlighting the importance of sourcing local ingredients. The second most mentioned issue was food waste, emphasising chefs' awareness of minimising food waste.

A positive accomplishment related to the diversity of the initiative completes the highlights on the 2019 Regional Competitions. At the beginning of this edition, S.Pellegrino took a commitment about increasing gender balance of its initiative, as it recognizes that Gastronomy can be a challenging environment, sometimes lacking diversity. For this reason, at least three female chefs were present in each Regional Final, and the judging panels saw for the first time an equal split of 50% male and 50% female jurors across the full initiative. Moreover, in over half of the regions, the number of female jurors was higher than male.

Further announcements are to come concerning the luminary chefs who will be part of the 2020 Global Jury, as well as more details on the highly anticipated 2020 Grand Finale.


EDMONTON, Alberta, Dec. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian-based company, Booster Juice, turned 20 on November 13th and teamed up with one of their long-standing charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), to give back while they celebrated their accomplishments.

Dale Wishewan, President and CEO of Booster Juice opened the first location in Sherwood Park, Alberta, just 10 minutes east of the province’s capital. In the dead of winter, this mechanical engineer had the epiphany that Canadians would appreciate a smoothie despite the blistering cold—and he was right. Booster Juice was a new concept for Canadians who were used to the standard burger and fry options, with very few QSRs offering a nutritious alternative. Wishewan’s success only continued to grow when he opened an impressive 15 more stores in the first year, and a total of 50 in two years. “I believed this concept was going to work and we’d open multiple stores, but I had no idea we’d grow to over 400 stores,” said Wishewan.

With the rapid growth came no shortage of challenges to overcome. “We’ve had to adapt quickly to change. We had to grow a strong team that could keep up with the rate we were expanding at,” said Wishewan. With that growth also came many learnings for the company. While Booster Juice initially offered smoothies, juices, hot drinks and soups, they’ve narrowed their focus to offering premium smoothies, and expanding to offer grilled fresh food, grab and go items and Booster Balls. “There was the realization that we couldn’t be everything to everyone, and we had to focus in on and own what we were good at, and that’s delicious and unique smoothies and juices.”

Booster Juice is proud to be a Canadian born company that is now blending worldwide. They continue to take pride in offering something different—a quality product, a great customer experience and a dedication to being involved in the community. They hosted a 20th Anniversary Celebration at their stores on November 13th—a day that has always been reserved for customer appreciation. This year, customers could purchase one regular size smoothie and received a second one for just $0.99, with 100% of the second smoothie’s proceeds going to JDRF. The total that customers raised from their smoothie purchases was $32,197. In addition, Booster Juice head office donated another $1,000 to JDRF as part of a social media contest, brining the grand total to $33,197!

“JDRF would like to congratulate Booster Juice for achieving their 20th Anniversary, and we are incredibly proud of our partnership,” said Dave Prowten, President and CEO of JDRF Canada. “I want to thank the entire Booster Juice organization for helping improve the lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes.”

Some things to look forward to are upcoming reward opportunities for loyal customers, new menu offerings and more locations which continue to open in new communities. “We would like to grow to 550 locations within the next five years while also launching in new markets like the U.S,” said Wishewan. “Our goal is to solidify our position as one of the largest juice and smoothie chains in the world.” Booster Juice would like to thank Canadians for their continued support over the past 20 years, and they look forward to serving you in the years to come!


TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality trade event has released its list of the top trends that you can expect to see dominating next year’s dining experiences.

From March 1-3, 2020, RC Show will once again host Canada’s largest gathering of industry experts to educate and inspire the foodservice and hospitality community and advance the potential of the Canadian restaurant sector. For its 75th year, the show will be sharing insights to help businesses “Diversify and Thrive” in today’s rapidly changing market landscape by embracing what’s new and noteworthy, while at the same time bringing back the classics and making unexpected connections to bring both on-trend and profit-boosting ideas to the table.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

1. Healing with Every Sip and Bite — Consumers are more health conscious than ever. Next year we will continue to see a surge of plant-infused beverages and concoctions featuring super food ingredients like camu camu, spirulina, yerba mate and matcha. This trend will evolve in 2020 to include new stress-fighting, mood-boosting and energy-enhancing adaptogens, like macadamia milk, ashwagandha and MCT (derived from coconut oil.) The new term to watch for in relation to this trend is gastrophysics, which translates to how food makes you feel rather than viewing it solely as sustenance.

2. New and Novel at the Bar

  • Sober Curious — Consumers are getting serious about their non-alcoholic drink options. Shirley temples have gone by the wayside and passion fruit, kombucha-infused beverages and tropical tea slingers are making their way onto drink menus and Instagram accounts across Canada. Don’t expect them to be cheap either. With the inclusion of an assortment of new ingredients and improved presentation serving styles, expect prices to be on par with base mixed drinks.
  • Premiumization — Millennials are consuming less alcohol than previous generations but are "trading up" to more premium and heightened experiences. They are looking for Instagramable worthy drinks that are both delicious, memorable and deliver beyond expectations. This trend will continue to grow and you can expect to see fermented, infused and cultured drinks, as well as indulgent alcohol offerings like sangria sorbets, bourbon and chocolate milkshakes.
  • Culinary Mixology — Watch for the mixologist to begin to take centre stage beside the chef in 2020. For the last couple years, we have seen the lines between kitchen and the bar blur. The precision and art now being incorporated by the modern mixologist is rivalling chef creations and taking cocktails to a new level of complexity. And, just as we’re seeing in kitchens around the world, watch for more mixologists using new and dynamic flavour combinations, making use of organic, plant-based whole foods, as well as local, natural bitters, syrups and purees made in-house, and other innovative infusions in their libations — all while trying to achieve zero waste.

3. Transformative Spaces — Restaurateurs are creating memorable experiences not just with food, but also with concepts making innovative use of space. For example, we’ve recently seen dining experiences take place in human-sized snow globes in a number of cities across Canada, as well as a crane-suspended restaurant in Montreal hosting patrons 50 metres off the ground. We expect restaurateurs will continue to think outside the box to come up with ideas that entertain and deliver a unique sensory experience to keep customers coming back. Businesses are also focusing on ways to maximize their space and become multi-functional while upgrading their facilities to include gender-neutral bathrooms and other ways to be more inclusive and accessible for their customers.

4. Wood-fire Cooking — While this cooking method is not new, it has made its way onto the 2020 trends list… with a fire-hot twist. Wood-fire stoves are the norm for creating pizzas, but chefs are rediscovering their benefits for cooking so much more. The new generation of this equipment is virtually smokeless and therefore has no smoke ventilation issues. This trend is fueled by celebrity chefs who are creating Instagrammable flair moments, but the trend is not just about doing it for the Gram. When cooking with wood, chefs can experiment with a whole new level of flavour, choosing different types of wood to create different taste notes.

5. High-Touch Tech — Consumers are pressed for time and are looking for faster transactions. Touch technology has helped quick-service restaurants meet these demands with touchscreen, self-ordering kiosks, and this is expanding across the sector in all “grab and go” environments. But the technological revolution is not just for quick-serve establishments. Tableside tablets are becoming a new must-have technology for full-service restaurants. Placing your order, selecting a wine and paying your bill on a tablet is moving into the mainstream. Watch for the growth of apps on your phone to order and pay within restaurants as well. This gives the consumer the dining pace they desire, the ability to customize their orders, and can also help operators better manage staffing shortages being felt throughout the industry.

6. Customizable Ghost Kitchens — Ghost kitchens are moving past their original model of being a nondescript, bricks and mortar kitchen in an industrial area. Now we see established restaurant chains, like HERO Certified Burgers offering restaurants the ability to sell multiple brands out of a single kitchen. Also, brands like Kitchen Hub are forming ghost kitchen commissaries where several brands join under one roof to share the burden of operational costs. These are solely designed to support the various networks driving the growth of home delivery.  This and other new models will allow brands to grow, without the cost of building a brick and mortar restaurant, with the ability to provide more diverse menu options to consumers, especially in rural communities.

7. Mainstream Multicultural Mashup — What makes Canada stand out on the international stage is the way we’ve allowed different cultures to work so well together — politically, socially and even on our plates. Twenty-twenty will be the year where chefs explore a wide range of new cultural flavours coming together to reflect our landscape and culturally diverse roots in ways we can’t even begin to fathom. Think Korean kimchi Canadian Beef burgers, Indigenous meets Japanese buffalo tempura and Peruvian-based creative takes on Sudado de Mahi, Tiradito de Salmon and Chocolate Aji Panca ice cream.

8. Waste Not, Want Not — With concerns about climate change on the rise, the zero-waste movement will continue to take centre stage with restaurant operators implementing new zero-waste techniques and food systems within their operations as they seek to reduce their environmental footprint and increase their savings. Restaurants are looking for all sorts of ways to reduce waste, from cutting down on single-use items to incorporating unused kitchen ingredients into drinks and vice versa. As restaurants continue to struggle with razor-thin profit margins, foodservice operators will find that utilizing all aspects of the products they source is simply good for business, and that consumers will reward them for making strides to become more environmentally sustainable.

9. Restaurants with a Purpose — More restaurants are taking a stand on key issues beyond the food they prepare and balancing purpose and profit. Consumers are looking to align with restaurants who conscientiously consider the impacts of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment, especially Gen Z and millennials who put their money where their beliefs are. In 2020, we will continue to see purpose-driven operations that use business as a force for good to grow and more B Corp certified establishments on the scene.

10. Not New, But Not Going Anywhere — In 2020 you can expect to see lab-based “motherless” meat, plant-based proteins and other protein alternatives such as insects continue to appear on menus.


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