TheWorld's 50 Best Restaurants has raised more than US $1.23 million to date through its Recovery Fund ‘Bid for Recovery’ auction, with the support of founding donor S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna.
With 165 exciting lots donated by chefs, bars and brands, the auction proved a major international success, attracting bids from across the world.
A day with chef Mauro Colagreco, chef-owner of the World’s Best Restaurant, Mirazur, went for $19k, while a wine safari across southern France guided by Saison’s Mark Bright fetched US $17.6k. Meanwhile, a foraging and cooking experience with Tokyo chef Zaiyu Hasegawa made $12.2k, and a luxury stay in Massimo Bottura’s Italian villa hotel, courtesy of S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, raised $12.6k.
The Recovery Fund, remains open, with donations continuing to come in, including those generated by sales of the Home Comforts e-cookbook, featuring simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders, which is available for $10 (£8) on www.50BestforRecovery.com
50 Best Recovery Fund
The proceeds of the 50 Best Recovery Fund will be divided between individual restaurants and bars and a series of non-profit organisations identified by the 50 Best organisation. Of the total amount raised, at least 50% will go directly to restaurants and bars.
Direct Grant Applications for Restaurants
Individual bars and restaurants from all countries can apply for grants of up to $5,000. Here's how:
All types of restaurants and bars in all countries are eligible to apply for a grants and must meet all of the following criteria:
- Must have been trading since 1 January 2019 or before (restaurants or bars open for
less than 18 months, including the coronavirus closure period, are not eligible)
- Must have still been trading immediately prior to the coronavirus lockdown in 2020
- Must have an active website or social media account eg Instagram or Facebook
showing posts dating back to at least 1 January 2019 as evidence of trading
- Must have 80 workers or fewer (restaurants); or 40 workers or fewer (bars)
- Must be an independent business and not part of a multi-site chain
How to Apply
Applications for direct grants open on Monday 27 July 2020 at 14:00 UK time and close on Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 14:00 UK time.
To apply for a grant for your restaurant or bar:
Please visit TheWorld's 50 Bestwebsite and submit your application form between Monday 27 July 2020
at 14:00 UK time and Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 14:00 UK time.
From 28-30 October, join Fine Dining Lovers for a celebration of young culinary talent, when 12 global finalists will battle it out in Milan for the title of best young chef in the world - plus, join our first edition of Brain Food forum. See what's on.
Fine Dining Lovers teams up with the Culinary Institute of America, James Beard Foundation and Black Food Folks on the Better Business project to build stronger, more sustainable business practices for the industry.