LONDON: 50 Best has officially announced that this year’s award ceremony will take place in London on Monday 18 July at the historic Old Billingsgate market in the City of London.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the awards, the return to London is happening in view of the decision taken a few weeks not to hold the award ceremony in Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The event had been hosted in London between 2003 and 2015. An exclusive events programme hosted throughout the city will culminate in the awards ceremony, taking place in Old Billingsgate, the capital’s former fish market overlooking the River Thames and Tower Bridge.
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated date for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2022 at such an iconic and historic London venue. We can’t wait to bring the global gastronomic back together in full once again, as well as to share with the world the incredible developments in London’s restaurant scene over recent years.”
Highlights for the programme in London in mid-July will include a series of key events such as the thought- leadership forum, #50BestTalks, a Chefs’ Feast showcasing the finest produce and cooking from the UK, the much-anticipated Meet the Chefs media roundtable and, of course, the awards ceremony and unveiling of the 2022 list itself. This special edition of #50BestTalks will focus on the art of hospitality under the title ‘Bring the Magic!’, featuring some of the most inspirational and influential restaurateurs of the contemporary era.
New for this year is a 50 Best Collaboration Dining series, which will see leading chefs and restaurants in London team up with visiting 50 Best chefs from all over the world to create bespoke menus for one night only. Further information on participating chefs and restaurants and how to book will be made available in due course.
The July event programme will also be preceded by several individual award announcements including Champions of Change, The World’s Best Female Chef Award sponsored by Nude Glass, the Licor 43 Icon Award and the American Express One To Watch Award, all of which are designed to honour the achievements of either individuals or establishments.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 event held in Antwerp, Flanders, saw Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, named The World’s Best Restaurant. The current incarnation of Noma is now part of the Best of the Best hall of fame list of former No.1 restaurants, and therefore will not be eligible to appear in the ranking for 2022 and beyond.
Favourites to win this year’s award is Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark or Central in Lima, Peru.