Young Talents Escoffier

A culinary showdown amongst young individuals under 25 to showcase their gastronomic skills and gain recognition from international judges.

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The Disciples Escoffier International (DEI) Association has been holding the “Young Talents Escoffier” competition every year since 2003. It has two categories for young individuals under 25: a kitchen category and a service category. An opportunity built on meetings, but mainly on imparting knowledge to the younger generations. It has now carved a spot for itself at international gastronomy conventions.

In collaboration with DEI Asia and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the Young Talents Escoffier is the arena for young culinary talents to display their gastronomic skills and be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges.

The Young Talents Escoffier will kick off its programme at FHA-Food & Beverage from 25 – 27 April 2023.

Participating Delegations

Meet Our Presidents

Robert Fontana

President of Disciples Escoffier International, Asia Pacific Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Institut Disciples Escoffier

About Robert Fontana

Entrepreneur at heart for the past four decades, Robert brings a wealth of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, from fine dining to food operations, including more than 20 years in Greater China.

Richard Gillet

Vice President of Disciples Escoffier International, Asia Pacific Founding Chaiman of The Cambodia Delegation

About Richard Gillet

Richard Gillet has over 20 years’ experience of serving Phnom Penh’s fine dining industry, Specialized in the production of new restaurant concepts. Culinary expertise in French fine-dining and bistro cuisine.

Competition Programmes

Workshop Programmes

Meet The Judges

Competition Overview [sample]


  • Individual Challenge

Culinary Art Display

  • Class 1 – Plated Dishest
  • Class 2 – Tapas / Finger Food

Practical Hot Cooking

  • Class 3 – Main Course Meat / Poultry / Game
  • Class 4 – Main Course Fish / Seafood
  • Class 5 – Main Course East Meets West Cuisine
  • Class 6 – Vegetarian

Team Challenge

  • Class 7 – Apprentice Team Challenge


  • Individual Challenge

Patisserie Practical

  • Class 8 – Practical Cake Decoration

Patisserie Art Display

  • Class 9 – Themed Cake
  • Class 10 – Plated Desserts
  • Class 11 – Petits Fours or Pralines
  • Class 12 – Pastry Showpiece
  • Class 13 – Artistic Sculpture

Competition Overview [sample]

FHA CUlinary Challenge – Categories For Singapore Competitors (Inclusive of 7% GST) For International Competitors (No GST)
Individual Challenge SGD 80.25 SGD 75.00
Apprentice Team Challenge SGD 160.50 SGD 150.00

Registration fees are not refundable. Each participant to consider competition requirements and other participation essentials such as travel arrangement and time outlay prior registering.

Meet The Judges


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Competition Winner [sample]


Food Technology

Czech Republic

1st Runner Up

FHA Culinary Challenge

New Zealand

2nd Runner Up

Complimentary Seminars


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