Amsterdam, September 15, 2021 – Today the results of The Best Chef Awards 2021 have been announced at a live awards Gala in Amsterdam. Chef Dabiz Muñoz of DiverXo in Madrid won The Best Chef Top100 Award powered by Perlage. Chef Björn Frantzén of Frantzén in Stockholm repeats in second place and takes the award for The Best Chef voted by Chefs powered by Difference Coffee. To round up the top three, Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz in San Sebastián takes a huge jump from his previous 45th position on last year’s list, to number 3.



The full ranking of The Best Chef Awards 2021 is available via The most prestigious awards went to familiar faces, as well as to several fresh faces. Here’s the list of special awards:

 The Best Chef Top100 Award powered by Perlage: Dabiz Muñoz from Spain
The second place is for Björn Frantzen (Sweden), and the third place goes to Andoni Luis Aduriz (Spain)

 The Best Chef Rising Star Award powered by Perrier-Jouët: Fatmata Binta from Sierra Leone
This young chef wins this award as an appreciation for her talent and progress in the world of gastronomy.

 The Best Chef Fol-LOVERS Award powered by Custom Culinary: Manoella “Manu” Buffara from Brazil
This award values the opinion of the audience of The Best Chef’s followers on social media.

 The Best Chef Pastry Award powered by Valrhona: Maša Salopek from Slovenia
This award celebrates the best pastry chef among all the chefs.

 The Best Chef Food Art Award powered by Antonius Caviar: Vicky Lau from China
This award is dedicated to the Best Artist among all the chefs.

 The Best Chef Gourmet Award powered by Maida: RIJKS from Amsterdam (host city)
Joris Bijdendijk (executive chef), Ivan Beusink (chef de cuisine) and Yascha Oosterberg (chef de cuisine) win the award for the best restaurant in the host city.

– The Best Chef New Entry Award powered by Le Nouveau ChefHenrique Sá Pessoa from Portugal
This category award honours the chef who achieves the highest ranking amongst all the new candidates.

 The Best Chef Voted by Chefs Award powered by Difference CoffeeBjörn Frantzen from Sweden
This award is dedicated to the most voted chef by all the other chefs.

  The Best Chef Science Award powered by LSG Group: Joan Roca from Spain
This award is a distinction for the chef who is outstanding in relation to research, experimental techniques and transformation.

 The Best Chef Legend Award powered by Chopin: Alfonso Iaccarino from Italy
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.

 The Best Chef Pizza Award powered by Molini Pizzuti: Franco Pepe from Italy
A new award created to celebrate the best pizza chef in the world.

After a virtual edition in 2020, and with this year’s slogan being: “Back to LIVE. Back to reality”, some of the most influential names in the culinary world met in Amsterdam to celebrate the best of the best in gastronomy. This year’s list features chefs from 29 countries worldwide, out of which Spain performs best with its 15 chefs.

“Getting the number one in the Best Chef Awards is the biggest joy. An incredible pride and responsibility.  The fucking greatest!!!. For me, The Best Chef Award is one of the most prestigious publications in the world today, and an award like this is a dream come true, which recognizes many years of creativity, dedication, passion and hard work. The last years in the Xo world have been very intense and brutal, but my team and I are clear that this is only the beginning, and the best is yet to come. There are no limits in sight.” Explains Dabiz Muñoz from restaurant DiverXo in Madrid, Spain, the winner of this year’s Best Chef Top100 Award powered by Perlage.

About The Best Chef

THE BEST CHEF is a vibrant world community of passionate food lovers. A project dedicated to celebrating the talented chefs that create the best food experiences around the world, as well as being a global family of like-minded individuals that share culinary experiences. A common space where the old guard shares the cores of the craft with the next generation, who in return inspires new ways of thinking.

After an intense week of events, collaboration dinners, the FOOD MEETS SCIENCE conferences and AREA TALKS, we say goodbye to Amsterdam, another amazing host city filled with incredible people, talented chefs and amazing food. But our commitment never stops as we’re already working on next year’s event and on many other exciting projects for THE BEST CHEF community. Close Joanna Slusarczyk and Cristian Gadau, the founders.