The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chairs
The organisers of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Academy Chairs to head up the voting panels for a variety of regions across the world.
■ Roser Torras is the new Academy Chair for the region of Spain & Portugal
■ Xanthe Clay is the new Academy Chair for the region of UK & Ireland
■ Diego Salazar is the new Academy Chair for the newly created region of South America (North)*
■ Susan Jung is the new Academy Chair for the region of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
■ Evelyn Chen is the new Academy Chair for the region of South-East Asia (South)**
Spain & Portugal: Roser Torras is the owner and director of Grup GSR, which organises many of Spain’s most successful food and wine events including Gastronomika in San Sebastián and BCN Vanguardia in Barcelona. An accomplished chef herself, she is respected throughout the region for her integrity and deep knowledge of the restaurant sector. Roser also owns influential gastronomic website 7canibales.com. She takes over from the retiring Rafael Anson.
UK & Ireland: Xanthe Clay is a trained chef turned food writer with a regular column in the UK’s Weekend Telegraph. She contributes to publications including Good Food magazine, Olive, Food & Travel and Delicious, as well as working with the BBC on its television food programming. She is the current President of the Guild of Food Writers in the UK. Xanthe takes over from Bloomberg’s Richard Vines, who has stepped down after three years in the role.
South America (North): Diego Salazar heads up the Academy for this new region, the creation of which reflects the growing importance, influence and profile of restaurants, chefs and cuisines from this part of the world. Diego is a journalist, editor, translator and food critic based in Lima, Peru. He is an editor for Peru’s national newspaper, El Comercio, as well writing for premium publications on food and culture across Latin American and Europe.
Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau: Susan Jung is the Senior Food and Wine Editor for the South China Morning Post, and one of the most respected food journalists in the region. Born and educated in California, Susan moved to Hong Kong while working as a professional pastry chef. She has been overseeing SCMP’s food and restaurant coverage for almost two decades and her cookbook, A Celebration of Food, was published in 2012. Susan takes over from Grant Thatcher, who stands down due to a change in personal circumstances.
South-East Asia (South): Based in Singapore, Evelyn Chen is the local editor of Zagat and a former Time Out food critic who contributes to numerous premium publications including New York Times, Telegraph Travel, Conde Nast Traveller and CNN Travel, as well as writing her own well-established blog, Bibik Gourmand. Evelyn takes over from Leisa Tyler, who stands down as Academy Chair but will continue in her role as special consultant to the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants content programme.
A number of further Academy Chair appointments will be announced in due course.
Congratulations to all and may good food be with you!