The Best Chef Awards 2020 goes digital

The Best Chef Awards announced today that their annual event which had to take place in Rotterdam on 21, 22 and 23 September will still take place on the same date but it will go digital instead.

Given the current Covid-19 restrictions and to ensure safety, one of the world’s leading culinary platforms has decided to go back to its roots and present its Top100 via an online show. The event will also include hybrid conferences.

“It is particularly important in this moment of great difficulty for the hospitality industry to keep going. Stopping would have meant giving up, and giving up is a negative message to the new generations who are the driving force behind this project. By doing this, we hope to provide a message of strength and positivity to the whole gastronomic world. However, we need to ensure the safety of all our guests. That’s why we decided that the # TOP100 and Awards will be presented in a new digital format. As can be expected from The Best Chef Awards, the event will be something extraordinary and will surprise everyone,” says Cristian Gadau, creative director of The Best Chef.

The gastronomy industry has been one of the hardest hit in view of all the restrictions that were taken by countries to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The current situation has also inevitably affected the awards event scheduled in Rotterdam.

“After long and careful reflection on the 2020 list of best chefs and related awards, The Best Chef team decided to continue their work and to present the list and announce the winners,” Christian said.

The Food Meets Science and Area Talks projects launched in Barcelona in 2019 with great success will also be held virtually.

“In contrast to the 2019 list, the 2020 list will not name the restaurant associated with the chef, since when the list is announced, some chefs may have changed their place of work due to the closure of their restaurant or a transfer to another restaurant. Our decision has been made to help these chefs: excluding them from the list would have the negative effect of obscuring them and removing their visibility. The Best Chef is all about chefs and their personalities, knowledge, and what they represent as individuals,” said Cristian.