It was an offer he couldn't refuse and De Niro has responded by accepting in an Instagram post that is sure to bring great satisfaction to the organisers.
De Niro is a well-known gourmand and restaurateur, with his Tribeca Grill in Manhattan, so he was a wise choice to ask to help promote the event. "I'm in," he said. "Of course I'm in and I'll see you whenever I can get over there." It may not be immediately with current travel restrictions in place, but Spain and Europe, in general, are in the process of opening up to US tourism in order to make the most of the summer season and provide much-needed oxygen to the beleaguered hospitality industry.
The first day of the Grand Final of the Bocuse d'Or Final took place on Sunday, September 26th and streamed live on Fine Dining Lovers. Here's a round-up of the day's action. Stay with us as day two is streamed here too.
Now a three-Michelin-star restaurant, Noma has changed, but not necessarily on the plate. According to Kenneth Foong, it's all about the way the team works, which is closer to a tech company than a traditional restaurant. Read our exclusive interview with Noma's head chef.