Portuguese chefs José Avillez (restaurant 'Belcanto') and Henrique Sá Pessoa ('Alma') and Austrian Hans Neuner ('Ocean') are nominated for the international award The Best Chef, which will be delivered in September in the Netherlands .
José Avillez ('Belcanto', in Lisbon), Henrique Sá Pessoa ('Alma', Lisbon) and Hans Neuner ('Ocean', Porches, Algarve), all with two Michelin stars, make up the list of 100 nominees for the fourth edition of the award, which was released today by the organization.
The distinction, created by the Italian Cristian Gadau and the company TBC MediaCorp, intends to highlight the cook at the expense of the restaurant and the selection of the nominees part of the platform's “independent partners”.
According to the organization, the countries with the most candidates on the 2020 list are France, Spain, the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
From Brazil, candidates are Rodrigo Oliveira ('Mocotó', São Paulo), Helena Rizzo ('Maní', São Paulo), Ivan Ralston ('Tuju', São Paulo), Manu Bufarra ('Manu', Curitiba), Jefferson Rueda ('A Casa do Porco', São Paulo) and Henry Cáceres ('Lasai', Rio de Janeiro).
This year, there are 26 women nominated, a strong rise compared to 2019, in which there were nine cooks – the first in the ‘ranking’ was the French Dominique Crenn (‘Atelier Crenn’, USA), in 11th place.
From Spain, there are nine candidates, standing out Ángel León (‘Aponiente’, El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, with three Michelin stars).
In last year's edition, held in Barcelona, the title of Best Cook was awarded to Swede Björn Frantzén ('Frantzén', Stockholm), followed by Spaniards Joan Roca ('El Celler de Can Roca', Girona, three stars) and David Muñoz (DiverXO, Madrid, three stars).
The choice starts on April 1st and both cooks from last year's ranking and new candidates this year will have to vote for their colleagues, adding the votes of “a selection of culinary professionals, photographers and kitchen lovers. ”.
This year a new distinction will be attributed, in the Science category, aimed at the cook who stands out in research, experimental techniques and transformation. Another award that remains is The Best Chef fol-LOVERS, voted by followers on social media.
After Warsaw (2017), Milan (2018) and Barcelona (2019), Rotterdam will host this year's award ceremony, with a three-day program (from 21 to 23 September), which includes a conference on the world of food and science and debates with renowned chefs, fans of the kitchen and experts on topics such as traditions or the roots of different cuisines.
“This inspiring event makes it possible to bring together renowned chefs from around the world, so it is the perfect opportunity for international visitors and industry professionals to be aware of what is happening in the global world of haute cuisine, in addition to contacting their peers ”, commented the creative director and founder of The Best Chef, Cristian Gadau.