Stars of the culinary industry gathered yesterday in Paris as IMG unveiled The World Restaurant Awards.
This new awards show will be of Oscar-like proportions to feed a restaurant-hungry public obsessed with eating, drinking and travel.
The Oscars of the Restaurant World Have Been Announced
The World Restaurant Awards will be the annual event recognising and celebrating the diversity of the international restaurant scene, delivered by the team that brings Taste Festivals to 20 cities around the world, plus The Big Feastival and Margaret River Gourmet Escape. The awards, produced by IMG, were conceived in partnership with restaurant journalist Joe Warwick (Creative Director) working alongside food writer and broadcaster Andrea Petrini (Chair of the Judging Panel).
The judging panel boasts celebrated restaurant industry figures, including Yannick Alléno, Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, Massimo Bottura, David Chang, Dominique Crenn, Hélène Darroze, Daniel Humm, René Redzepi, Ana Roš and Clare Smyth, alongside an intercontinental selection of the world’s most-travelled and best-informed members of the culinary press. Each member of the 100-strong judging panel has been selected on the basis of their restaurant knowledge and well-stamped passports.
The judging panel convened in Paris yesterday 14 May for a collaborative workshop to define the ongoing objectives for the awards. The panel also announced that the first edition will take place in the French capital on February 18, 2019, in the world’s first televised restaurant awards ceremony, mirroring the glamour and anticipation in industries like film, music, art, design and fashion.
‘The World Restaurant Awards will be conducted with complete integrity, total transparency and a real sense of inclusivity. We want to make everyone think about the full gamut of the world’s great restaurants – old and new, from luxury destinations to humble institutions – and what makes them so special.’ – Joe Warwick
At the gathering, the panel also made a commitment to the Perennial Farming Initiative, the chosen charity for The World Restaurant Awards, which is dedicated to combating climate change by mobilising support for regenerative agriculture in the food world. Notably, co-founders Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint are the co-founders of The Perennial, which has been lauded as the most sustainable restaurant in the world, and of Mission Chinese Food, which has won international acclaim and raised enough money to provide over one million meals for the SF/Marin Food Bank.