For centuries, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water have complemented fine food, wine and the dining experience. In 2002, this passion for culinary arts led to the creation of the Almost Famous Chef Competition, a mentoring program connecting top culinary students with established chefs and influential media.
Each year we host the leading culinary schools across the U.S. and Canada in a fast-paced highly-intense cooking competition that spotlights the best and the brightest. The program consists of 10 regional competitions (nine U.S .and one Canada) where students compete before the influential media and renowned chefs throughout January and February, leading to the final competition in March in Napa Valley, California. During the finals competition, regional winners showcase their culinary skills for the chance to win more than $20,000 and a one-year paid apprenticeship with a celebrity chef. Winners from past S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competitions have gone on to become successful restaurateurs.