Hold onto your forks! The Best Chef Awards 2019 have been announced at a special gala evening in Barcelona, with winners including Björn Frantzén, Joan Roca, and Daniel Watkins
In the presence of guests from all over the world, chef Björn Frantzén won The Best Chef Top100 Award, followed by chef Joan Roca (winner of two previous editions) in second and chef David Muñoz in third place.
The 2019 list includes winning chefs from 24 countries worldwide, as well as 15 new names for this year’s addition.
Highly influential in the culinary world, The Best Chef Awards currently boast over 1,2 million followers – who are also able to contribute to the voting process in its final stages.
Rather than focusing on restaurants, chefs are awarded based on their skills and overall ability to be ‘The Best Chef’. Therefore, the system aims to recognise chefs as individuals.
How it works
Each year, 100 new chefs are selected by The Best Chef’s collaborators and added to the previous year’s Top100 list. Next, all included chefs begin to vote for their peers.
The chefs have 10 choices, counting for 1000 points to 100 points, in order to decide who will be the last 100 chef finalists.
They vote for the chef as a person, recognising his talent, experience, potential as well as his personality.
Afterwards culinary professionals, photographers, artists, and fol-LOVERS can vote for their favourite chefs in the Top100 list. In the final stage of the voting procedure the fol-LOVERS can vote via the web page of The Best Chef.
Highlights from the 2019 awards include:
1 The Best Chef Top100 Award powered by Barilla winner: Björn Frantzén of restaurant Frantzén in Stockholm, Sweden
The second place was for Joan Roca (Spain), who won the award in 2017 and 2018, the third place went to David Muñoz (Spain).
2 The Best Chef City Gourmet Award winner: Disfrutar with Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch (Barcelona, Spain)
This category of award recognised the best chef and restaurant in the host city of the yearly award show.
3 The Best Chef Rising Star Award winner: Pía León of restaurant Kjolle in Lima, Peru
This young chef won this award as an appreciation for her talent and progress in the world of gastronomy.
4 The Best Chef Fol-LOVERS Award winner: Grégoire Berger of restaurant Ossiano in Dubai
Grégoire Berger took home this award for the second year running, a title introduced in 2018 to value the opinion of the audience of The Best Chef’s followers on social media.
5 The Best Chef Pastry Award winner: Jordi Roca of restaurant El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.
6 The Best Chef Food Art Award winner: Daniel Watkins of restaurant St Leonards in London, UK
This award is dedicated to the Best Artist among all chefs.
7 The Best Chef New Entry Award winner: Disfrutar with Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro and Eduard Xatruch, in Barcelona, Spain
This category award honours the chef(s) who achieved the highest ranking amongst the new candidates.
8 The Best Chef Voted by Chefs Award winner: Grant Achatz of restaurant Alinea in Chicago, USA
This award is dedicated to the chef voted for by the most other chefs.
9 The Best Chef Legend Award winner: Eckart Witzigmann
This category award celebrates the best chef who is not active in the kitchen as a chef anymore, but who still has a crucial impact on the world of gastronomy.
For the full list of chefs, please visit thebestchefawards.com