From June 22 to 26, 2019, Singapore is set to welcome the biggest international culinary names as the first Asian host city of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The much-anticipated ranking and awards, sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will bring together world-renowned chefs such as Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, the current no. 1 in the 2018 list; Gaggan Anand of Gaggan, four-time winner of The Best Restaurant in Asia; and the youngest-ever Elit™ Vodka World’s Best Female Chef, Daniela Soto-Innes, in a series of master classes, live discussions, and collaborative dinners to celebrate food and gastronomy.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 Awards ceremony will be held at the Sands Theatre within the iconic Marina Bay Sands on June 25, with an extended program of events and activities for international culinary professionals and food lovers alike.
William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are delighted to have many of the most respected chefs in the world join our upcoming 19th edition of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants program in Singapore. I can’t think of a better way to mark the first time we are hosting this event in Asia than for food lovers in the region to have the opportunity to get up close with the chefs and share in their passion for food.”
Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the program includes #50BestTalks, presented by Miele, where the latest gastronomic trends and issues are discussed; master classes; and a collaborative dining series conducted by the world’s greatest chefs over the days preceding the awards ceremony. STB will also be activating the city’s premiere lifestyle and shopping belt, Orchard Road, with culinary-themed artworks created by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), as well as decorating the city with 50 Best street banners to drive buzz around the event, to mark The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and welcome event attendees and visiting gourmets to the food-obsessed city.
#50BestTalks: Kitchen Karma – 90 minutes with the world’s leading culinary personalities
Among the highlights is the #50BestTalks: Kitchen Karma, a 90-minute stage show which will be held on June 23. This exclusive thought-leadership event platform will take the form of a live discussion. French chef Eric Riper of Le Bernadin in New York, the 2017 Word’s Best Female Chef Ana Roš, and Tetsuya Wakuda of Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands will join Massimo Bottura and Daniela Soto-Innes to share more about their careers and discuss their philosophies regarding respect, mindfulness, and happiness. Guests can look forward to special guest appearances as well as audience participation for a lively, interactive session.
50 Best Master Classes: Live cooking and tasting with ground-breaking international chefs
As one of the signature events of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the master classes will offer exclusive up-close access to the cream of global culinary talent on June 23. Master classes will give guests the chance to dive into Scandinavia’s gastronomic waters with dishes from Copenhagen’s award-winning culinary genius, Rasmus Kofoed. They will also discover how husband-and-wife team Virgilio Martinez and Pia León of award-winning restaurant, Central in Lima, take into account elevation, topography and idiosyncratic ecosystems in their dishes to whisk diners on an extraordinary journey from sea to land and mountains. On the final day, attendees will meet the chef behind the four-time record holder of the top spot of Asia’s Best 50 restaurants, Gaggan Anand, and witness his visionary Indian meals that marries space-age techniques and centuries-old traditions.
Master classes will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Tickets are available via MarinaBaySands.com/W50B.
Chef collaboration menus: Top toques to delight discerning palates
Upping the gastronomic ante are collaborative meals featuring acclaimed chefs from the most celebrated restaurants worldwide. They are paired with some of Singapore’s best chefs to cook up unique and exceptional dining experiences across the island.
The line-up held in some of Singapore’s most spectacular restaurants includes: Mirazur, Alleno Paris and Atelier Crenn with Odette; dinner on June 23, Quintonil with CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Marina Bay Sands; dinner on June 23, Schloss Schauenstein with Corner House; lunch on June 25. Any further restaurant collaborations will be announced shortly. Reservations for these exciting meal collaborations may be done through each host restaurant individually.
Follow the announcement of the list and individual awards via our social media channels. All announcements and results, including the 2019 list, are published online at www.theworlds50best.com. The awards ceremony itself is streamed live via www.finedininglovers.com and on the 50 Best Facebook page.