The ceremony for the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 awards will be hosted in Moscow, Russia in July 2022. This was announced by 50 Best earlier this week. The world’s most renowned chefs, restaurateurs and culinary icons gathered last month for the return of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 which was held in the Belgian city of Antwerp. It was the first in-person awards programme since 2019, representing an important milestone in the ongoing recovery of the restaurant sector.
This will be the first time that the awards takes place in the city of Moscow. An extensive event programme hosted throughout the city will culminate in the awards ceremony in Moscow, as the much-anticipated reopening of the international restaurant sector continues and worldwide travel resumes once more. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the superb restaurants, heritage and culture of Moscow, casting a spotlight on the city as an exciting and emerging culinary hotspot.
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “With the international restaurant scene gathering pace once again, we are thrilled to announce Moscow as the host destination of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 this coming July. Following the successful return our live awards programme in 2021, we have no doubt that the 2022 event programme will allow the global gastronomic community to reconnect once more in person and celebrate the indomitable spirit of the hospitality sector on an even greater scale.”
Highlights for the programme in Moscow will include a series of key events such as #50BestTalks, a Chefs’ Feast showcasing the finest produce and cooking from the Moscow region, interview opportunities and, of course, the awards ceremony and countdown itself. The July event programme will also be preceded by a number of special awards announcements, designed to honour the achievements of both individuals and establishments. The precise date of the awards ceremony will be confirmed in the coming months.
Rene Redzepi with his restaurant Noma was crowned restaurant of the year clinching the top spot of the 2021 list. This means the restaurant, which won the awards five times together with the legendary el Bulli will no longer be eligible to participate in the ranking as from next year. It will join the other no. 1 restaurants in what is now called the Best of the Best list.
Second-placed restaurant Geranium is favourite to clinch the top spot next year. In January, it is reported that the restaurant will go on a PR blitz inviting many of the voters to try the new menu which has gone meatless in a bid to secure the top position.