The world’s 50 best restaurants will be revealed next week on 28th April
On Monday 28th April, London’s Guildhall will play host to the elite of the gastronomic world with a glittering ceremony held to announce and celebrate The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
The industry is holding its breath to see whether Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca will retain the coveted top spot for the second year in a row after becoming The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant in 2013.
As well as hosting the event, the UK already has plenty to celebrate after Fergus Henderson was announced as the recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime AchievementAward earlier this month. On awards night the Brits will be on the edge of their seats to find out whether Brett Graham’s The Ledbury, as well as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, both in London, will maintain their positions in the upper echelons of the list.
Asia is eager to see how many restaurants it will boast on the world ranking and what position Bangkok restaurant Nahm ranks after securing the top spot at this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, which took place in Singapore in February.
Brazil has started its party early with the announcement of Helena Rizzo, of Mani in São Paulo, as the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef. The country is eager to see whether fellow Sao Paulo restaurant D.O.M. will remain in the top five, while other restaurants from across Latin America will also be looking to increase their standing on the list this year.
Guests on the night will be treated to an exquisite Champagne bar courtesy of Veuve Clicquot, premium wines from Concha y Toro, and Zacapa Rum in both cocktail and neat form.
As part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, Bompas & Parr will work with Diners Club International to create a glowing ice and jelly installation in the shape of a fantasy London landscape. The signature B&P jellyscape will include St. Paul’s and Buckingham Palace, with other London landmarks hand-carved in ice. The display is will be the focal point of the Diners Club International space, exclusive financial services sponsor of World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014 will also present an exhibition of the works of renowned Brazilian food photographer Sergio Coimbra. His portraits of avant garde culinary creations will be shared with VIP guests on the night of the awards, hoping to inspire and excite existing and future generations of chefs and gastronomes.
Gathering at the Guildhall on Monday will be the ‘A list’ of the gastronomic world with chefs from 47 of the 50 restaurants on the list flying in from the four corners of the earth to be there.
During the ceremony, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants are announced, culminating in the coveted award for The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant. Further award categories include: Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Gaggenau; Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa; Highest Climber, sponsored by Lavazza; One To Watch, sponsored by Dekton® by Cosentino; and the Highest New Entry, sponsored by LesConcierges.
In 2014, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will recognise a new individual award category: The World’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry®.
The chosen charity partner of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants is Farm Africa.
How the list is compiled
The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 900 international leaders in the restaurant industry. The Academy comprises 26 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member can cast seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of their own region.
The panel in each region is made up of food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria.
The results will be published online at www.theworlds50best.com as soon as they have been announced to the assembled chefs and Academy members at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony in London on the evening of 28th April.
The list will be counted down live on the official Twitter account for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: @theworld50best.
The event is also being streamed live from 8.15pm via www.finedininglovers.com.
The results will also feature in the May issue of Restaurant magazine and a standalone World’s 50 Best Restaurants Guide will be available for sale from 29th April.