In Milan, Joan Roca came top of the Top300 list of the Best Chef Awards 2018, an event that started in 2015. The Spanish chef of restaurant El Celler de Can Roca placed in front of René Redzepi and David Munoz.
The results were announced during a gala evening at the Teatro Vetra in Milan. In the presence of more than 300 chefs and industry professionals. Fourth place went to Bjorn Frantzen and 5th to Jonnie Boer.
Niko Romito followed in 6th place, Alex Atala in 7th, Massimo Bottura in 8th, Yannick Alleno in 9th and Vladimir Mukhin in 10th place.
Nick Bril, of Belgian restaurant The Jane placed 15th in front of Peter Goossens of Hof Van Cleve in 20th place and Gert de Mangeleer of Hertog Jan and Benoit Dewitte in 45th place.
The category rankings look totally different from last year, with winners from Italy, Dubai, Puerto Rico, Sweden and the US. The 2018 list includes chefs from 41 countries worldwide.
The full ranking of The Best Chef Awards 2018 is available via the website. The most renowned awards went to a couple of familiar faces, as well as several newcomers.
- Barilla Top300 Award winner: Joan Roca, Chef of El Celler de Can Roca in Giron, Spain. This is the second time that Joan Roca placed first following his success in 2017.
- The Best Chef City Gourmet Award winner: Andrea Aprea of Restaurant VUN Andrea Aprea at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Milan. This category award recognized the best chef and restaurant in the host city of the yearly award show.
- The Best Chef Rising Star Award winner: Bros’ – Floriano Pellegrino and Isabella Poti from Lecce in Italy. These young chefs won this award as an appreciation for their talent and progress in the world of gastronomy.
- The Best Chef Fol-LOVERS Awards winner: Grégoire Berger from Ossiano in Dubai. As a big thanks for appreciation and dedication of The Best Chef’s followers this award was introduced only this year to celebrate the opinion of the audience of The Best Chef on social media.
- The Best Chef Pastry Award winner: Antonio Bachour from Puerto Rico, currently working in Miami, US.
- The Best Chef Lady Award winner: Emma Bengtsson from Sweden chef working at Aquavit in New York, US.
- The Best Chef FoodArt Award winner: Matt Lambert from Musket Room in New York, US.Awards from the heart of the gastronomic community
Each year 50 new chefs are selected by The Best Chef’s partners and contributors and added to the previous year’s Top300 list. Next, all chefs begin to vote for their peers. The chefs have 10 choices, counting from 1000 points to 100 points, in order to decide who will be the last 300 chef finalists. They vote for the Chef as a person, recognizing his talent, experience, potential as well as his personality. Afterwards culinary professionals, photographers, artists, and fol-LOVERS can vote for their favorite chefs in the Top300 list. The culinary professionals vote via a secured survey.
The following is the top 50 list:
- Joan Roca, El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
- René Redzepi, Noma 2.0, Copenhagen, Denmark
- David Munoz, DiverXo, Madrid, Spain
- Bjorn Frantzen, Frantzen, Stockholm
- Jonnie Boer, De Librije, Zwolle, the Netherlands
- Niko Romito, Casadonna Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italy
- Alex Atala, D.O.M. Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
- Yannick Alleno, Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
- Vladimir Mukhin, White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
- Grant Achatz, Alinea, Chicago, United States
- Enrico Crippa, Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
- Alain Passard, Arpege, Paris, France
- Albert Adria, Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
- Nick Bril, The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
- Rasmus Kofoed, Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Massimiliano Alajmo, Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy
- Virgilio Martinez, Central, Lima, Peru
- Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, New York, United States
- Peter Goossens, Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
- Hajime Yoneda, Hajime, Osaka, Japan
- Norbert Niederkofle, St. Hubertus, San Cassiano in Badia, Italy
- Gregoire Berger, Ossiano, Dubai.
- Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
- Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
- Andrea Aprea, VUN Andrea Aprea, Milan, Italy
- Davide Oldani, D’O, Cornaredo, Italy
- Martin Berasategui, Berasatageu, Lasarte Oria, Spain
- Yoshihiro Narisawa, Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
- Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz, San Sebastien
- Syrco Bakker, Pure C, Cadzand, the Netherlands
- Andreas Caminada, Schauenstein Schloss, Furstenau, Switzerland
- Eneko Atxa, Azurmendi, Spain
- Gert de Mangeleer, Hertog Jan, Zedelgem, Belgium
- Emma Bengtsson, Aquavit New York, United States
- Pascal Barbot, L’Astrance, Paris, France
- Michel Troisgros, La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, France
- Anne-Sophie Pic, Maison Pic, Valence, France
- Christopher Hache, Hotel de Crillon, Paris, France
- Eric Frechon, Epicure at Le Bristol, Paris, France
- Esben Holmboe Bar, Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
- Sven Elverfeld, Aqua, Wolfsburg, Aqua
- Vincenzo Guarino, Pievano, Chianti, Italy
- Christian Puglisi, Reale, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Benoit Dewitte, Benoit and Bernard Dewitte, Zingem, Belgium
- Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, United States
- Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, United States
- Joris Bijdendijk, Rijks, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Nino di Costanzo, Dani Maison, Ischia, Italy
- Ronny Emborg, Atera, New York, United States