ANTWERP: The World’s 50 Best restaurants event that was set to be organised in Antwerp, Belgium on 2 June 2020 will not take place.
50 Best announced today that they have cancelled the 2020 event and this will take place in 2021, circumstances permitting.
The organisation announced that it will not release its annual list in ranked format this year.
“50 Best have taken the decision to postpone the event programme in Antwerp until 2021 if the situation allows. Its destination hosts, Visit Flanders and the City of Antwerp look forward to welcoming the gastronomic community next summer, when we sincerely hope that restaurants will be underway in a process of rebuilding and recovery.”
Willam Drew, the director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants said: “Given the circumstances globally, in 2020, we will put all our efforts into helping the restaurant sector to fight for its future, as well as assisting in the work that chefs and restauranteurs are doing to help others.”
In place of the event ceremony, 50 Best said it would design and develop impactful initiatives that will help the world work together in this time of need. “It will also use its network to support and amplify programmes that will bolster businesses, while continuing its editorial campaign to support restaurants, restaurant workers and chefs.”
The event had come under fire from a number of chefs including in particular Matthew Orlando who had asked what big platforms were doing to help the plight of chefs and restaurants. His comments were supported by many in the business.
Many, including René Redzepi, chef of acclaimed restaurant noma applauded the decision by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants to postpone the event.