The results of a 2020 vote to rank the world's top 100 chefs, organized by the Best Chef academy in Poland, will be presented in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on September 23.
At the head of kitchens around the world, names like Helena Rizzo, Jordan Kahn, Simon Rogan, Paolo Casagrande, Hélène Darroze, Kei Kobayashi and Arnaud Lallement are in the running for the 2020 Best Chef Award, which will be presented to one of a hundred candidates that have just been announced for the competition.
The short list also includes Indian culinary genius Gaggan Anand, whose operation in Thailand is a multiple winner of the best restaurant in Asia award organized by 50 Best. And that's not all, there is also the pope of sustainable cooking, Dan Barber. So for now, we can only say with certainty that the winner will take over from last year's laureate, Björn Frantzén, who presides over the kitchen of his Frantzén restaurant in Stockholm.
The vote, which is set to begin on April 1, will be open to chefs in this year's and last year's selection as well as a panel of culinary professionals, photographers and foodies, who will also be attributing points for each chef's personality as well as his or her experience and talent.
Among the other awards to be distributed in September, there are titles for pastry chef of the year, and one for the best rising star elected by his or her peers. As was the case in previous years, internet users are also invited to choose their favorite chef who will be honored with a dedicated award. Finally, there will be a new 'Science' award to honor technical and experimental research in the kitchen.
The award ceremony will figure in a three-day schedule of debates and culinary events, which will run September 21-23 in Rotterdam.
To see the complete list of candidates in the running for the 2020 "Best Chef Awards" 2020, head over to www.thebestchefawards.com.