If the World’s 50 Greatest have been the Oscars, then the Best Chef Awards are the Cannes Movie Pageant. It’s enjoyable, vibrant and related. It’s a celebration.
So says a frequent visitor on the star chef circuit. His level will not be solely that the awards ceremony is an occasion that doesn’t take itself overly critically and is an efficient time above all else, but in addition that it usually heralds some newcomers in addition to celebrating the established gamers.
Living proof: Final yr’s high winner was Rene Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma, however the checklist additionally included rising stars like Manoella Buffara of Manu in São Paulo and the new-generation cooks (and elBulli alumni) behind Disfrutar in Barcelona.
However greater than one other checklist of awards, it’s a world group of like-minded meals lovers. They share culinary experiences, and a standard area the place the previous guard shares the cores of their craft with the following technology.
The occasion received its begin 5 years in the past in Warsaw (an usually neglected metropolis with an excellent and varied gastronomic scene), then moved to Milan in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019, earlier than going digital in what was undoubtedly one of many worst years for the hospitality business.
“Final yr didn’t cease us,” says Joanna Slusarczyk, a neuroscientist and one of many creators of the awards. (Her co-creator, Cristian Gadau, calls himself a gastronomist.) “We truly labored tougher to adapt and supply cooks and eating places everywhere in the world with a platform to remain related and share data with one another and with the general public. Our huge hope for this yr is for our group to have the ability to meet in particular person once more.”
To that finish, they introduced at this time that fifth presentation of the Greatest Chef Awards powered by Perlage is ready to happen in Amsterdam September 13-15, with the slogan “Again to ‘Stay,’ Again to Actuality.” They’re planning a suspenseful roll-out, as solely one among this yr’s 100 new candidates—who characterize 35 nations and have been chosen by unbiased professionals from the world of gastronomy—might be introduced (in no particular order) on their social media channels every day for 100 days beginning February 25.
Then, in June, all of these candidates, together with the nominating committee and all 100 cooks included on last year’s list will vote for his or her friends. The general public voting for the Fol-LOVERS Award will start in July.
That public voting is one other factor that units these awards aside, as they’ve given anybody who’s inquisitive about nice eating an opportunity to have a voice. However the primary distinction is the deal with “how” and “why” of gastronomy simply as a lot of the “what.”
As a profile on Honest Cooking put it, “So whereas meals nonetheless performs a central position of their group, there’s a increased deal with the drive, the fervour, and the creativity behind the cooks. These are the traits that enable them to excel at their craft, and Joanna and Cristian thought this aspect of the story had not but been informed in depth.”