AMSTERDAM: The new 100 candidates from around the world for the 5th The Best Chef Awards have been announced. The event takes place on September 13, 14 and 15 in Amsterdam. Together with the currently ranked chefs, this year’s Top 100 will be selected through voting by all 200 chefs as well as a group of anonymous professionals as from this week.
The system was changed this year. As from February 25, and for 100 days, the Best Chef announced one candidate per day in no specific order via their social media channels.
“This year, we have a very diverse and interesting group of chefs from around the world. It is a group that brings together some seasoned heavyweights together with a younger generation of talent that is likely to bring change to the fine dining world in the years to come,”: said Christian Gadau one of the founders of The Best Chef.
He said they were looking for a group of chefs that can represent not just the present but also the future of gastronomy worldwide. “We think that these 100 new candidates, which include several great talents from the African continent, are a good testament to that. Hard working, talented, passionate, creative, socially conscious, the list includes diverse people that can lead by example and have lots of knowledge to share.”
As from 6 June, The Best Chef began the voting process where all the chefs from last year’s list together with a group of independent professionals and the new 100 candidates will be invited to vote to name 2021’s Top 100 best chefs. The voting for the publicly awarded Fol-LOVERS Award will start in July and will be open for a month.
This year’s event will be held in Amsterdam. Joanna Slusarczyk, one of the founders said that there is a great community of chefs in The Netherlands, especially in Amsterdam so the location is perfect for the awards.
After successful editions in Warsaw in 2017, Milan in 2018 and Barcelona in 2019, and the 2020 edition took place during what can without a doubt be named as one the worst years for the hospitality industry, this year’s slogan is: Back to “Live”. Back to Reality.
“Last year didn’t stop us. We actually worked harder to adapt and provide chefs and restaurants all over the world with a platform to stay connected and share information with each other and with the public. Our big hope for this year is for our community to be able to meet in person again”, Joanna Slusarczyk said.
Apart from the Big Gala, Area Talks and Food Meets Science a number of events are being planned to bring visitors closer to Amsterdam and its culture. Among them is a gastronomic bicycle tour around the city.
Among the new 100 chefs are Karime Lopez, Thierry Theys, Angel Leon, Dalad Kambhu, Tanja Grandits, Jordan Kahn, Helene Darroze, Davide Oldani, Benoit Dewitte, Vicky Lau, Garima Arora, Nicola Fanetti, Gert de Mangeleer and Helena Rizzo to mention a few names. All the list can be found here.