This year's 'hybrid' event will include both a red-carpet ceremony at the Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA), and a live broadcast of the countdown on social media channels, allowing the entire chef and restaurant community to celebrate this milestone in restaurants' recovery all around the world.
“We are very excited about hosting this important gastronomic event in Flanders in early October and remain optimistic that the ongoing vaccine rollout will enable as many people as possible to join us safely in Antwerp. The event programme will allow the global gastronomic community to reconnect in person, share experiences, celebrate resilience and brilliance, and ultimately help boost the restaurant sector when it needs our support most,” said William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
This 2021 list will "be created from a combination of wider pre-pandemic experiences and, where possible, contemporary local updates, spanning the period from July 2019 through to March 2021," according to the 50 Best website.
This year’s programme also includes a brand-new initiative called Champions of Change, which will highlight the unsung heroes of the industry, who were able to create positive change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. A substantial donation will be made to each of the recipients' causes from the 50 Best for Recovery Fund.
Ahead of the ceremony, a number of events will also take place in Flanders, including thought-leadership forum #50BestTalks and the Chefs’ Feast.