The annual Le Chef list of the100 best chefs in The Worldhas been released with Alain Passard and his L’Arpege restaurant in Paris, France, coming out on top.
Martin Berasategui is in second and Pierre Gagnaire is in third. Five of the top 10 on the list are French, which is is created by asking two and three-starred Michelin starred chefs to provide a list of five names they think best represent the cooking profession and which one they would like to see at the top of the list.
In 2016 we noted there wasn’t one Latin American chef listed, this has been rectified, kind of, with the inclusion of Virgilio Martinez and Gaston Acurio.
Le Chef launched the list in 2015 with Paul Bocuse taking the top spot. The results have come under criticism for being largely dominated by French names and for the fact that no one knows exactly who the over 500 Michelin-starred chef voters actually are, or where in the world they are from.
35 chefs on the list are based in France, by far the highest count, with 12 based in Japan and eight in the US. Below is the full list of the 100 best chefs in the world.
Virgilio Martínez and Pía León's restaurant in Peru has been named the best restaurant of the decade in Latin America in a special edition of the awards ceremony. See the full list of 100 best restaurants.
Geranium's Rasmus Kofoed has decided to stop serving meat at the restaurant currently ranked number two on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But the Danish chef isn't yet willing to go purely plant-based.