The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has today unveiled its new listing of young people from 34 countries across six continents, identified as next-generation leaders in food and drink.
The list includes 24 women and 19 men, scouted by the organisation’s academic partner the Basque Culinary Center, and a 50 Next event will follow in Bilbao in early 2022. The list is not a ranking, and it has no number one spot, so all the people who appear on the list are recognised equally.
The list is divided into seven categories: Gamechanging Producers, Tech Disruptors, Empowering Educators, Entrepreneurial Creatives, Science Innovators, Hospitality Pioneers (supported by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy) and Trailblazing Activists. Each category is unranked and comprises a broad spectrum of professions, with those on the list recognised for their overall contribution to the gastronomic ecosystem, as well as their ongoing potential to drive significant positive change.
The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy will work as a supporting partner of the new project by involving a selection of candidates from the 50 Next Hospitality Pioneers in its 2021/22 educational program as lecturers. Working alongside the most renowned figures in the world of gastronomy, who are already contributing to the Academy, they will have the opportunity to inspire, share their experience and connect with hundreds of passionate young chefs.
50 Next: Class of 2021
Where the person’s country of origin differs from their country of residence, this is denoted in brackets.
Cook along with chef Kyle Connaughton from SingleThread in California, and discover his Japanese-influenced cuisine as he prepares two easy dishes, black cod marinated in shio koji, and truffled rice porridge.
The World's 50 Best organisation has raised over one million USD for restaurants around the world that are struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Direct grants are also available. Find out how to apply.