This annual celebration of global gastronomy recognizing restaurants around the world for their culinary prowess is a Must. Chefs and guests attend this Award ceremony every year with impatience and come from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
The global consulting firm Deloitte adjudicates the awards. The 1,500 judges come from a pool equally made up of food writers, chefs and restaurateurs, and well-travelled gastronomes. Each judge casts seven votes, three of which must apply toward restaurants outside of her home region. Voters must have dined at a restaurant within the past 18 months. And while the voters are required to remain anonymous, they face no requirement actually to pay for their meals.
In 2016 and after two years in the No.2 spot, Massimo Bottura’s restaurant the Osteria Francescana steps up to take the global crown, reflecting the Chef’s on-going creativity, immense skill, undimmed passion and fierce determination to defy the odds.
The last year winner El Celler de Can Roca in Girona-Spain dropped to second place, and Daniel Humm and the restaurant Eleven Madison Park secured its third place.
Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana’s chef-owner, is considered as a chef’s with ambitious creations perfectly balance between heritage and modernity. At the Osteria Francescana, dishes are not only food but become artworks reflecting Chef Bottura’s talent and his love for food. Dishes may look simple at first, but many secrets are hidden inside, and you only discover a party of them when you taste them. His Caesar Salad in Emilia is an example of how the Chef challenges to mix many concepts: it looks like a plain, boring lettuce but is the combination of 15 different ingredients. “We did something epic,” Chef Bottura answered interviewed at the Award ceremony in New York City.
Beside the main list, some other chefs and restaurants had their pairs recognition as the “One to Watch” Award given to the rising star Den Restaurant in Tokyo, the “World’s Best Pastry Chef” went to Pierre Herme; while Chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn gained the “World’s Best Female Chef” Award and the French chef Alain Passard of L’Arpege achieved the “Lifetime Achievement” Award.
The full list winners and restaurants Here!
By Mr Porter – Massimo, Modena, Fast Cars and Slow Food.