World's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, will be continuing its world tour in 2020 heading back to Europe to Flanders, the Flemish-speaking northern region of Belgium.
The annual red carpet ceremony gathers the leading luminaries from the culinary world for the unveiling of the list, which has previously taken in New York, Melbourne, Bilbao and most recently, Singapore, will arrive in Flanders in Belgium for its 19th edition next year.
Speaking of the move, William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants says: “The area boasts high quality produce, excellent restaurants and discerning palates. We look forward to bringing the global food community together again next year and helping many to discover this European culinary hotspot.”
Flanders is home to the world famous fries or frieten in Flemish as well as seafood, pastries and chocolates as well three restaurants in the 2019 rankings Peter Goossens’ Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem at No.43 and two on this year's extended list, Nick Bril’s The Jane in Antwerp at No. 99 and Kobe Desramault’s Chambre Séparée in Ghent as a new entry at No.111.
In the same week that The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is staged in Antwerp, the UNWTO World Forum on Food Gastronomy will be hosted in Bruges. "It will be a festive week, where we will show the world that in Flanders you can enjoy great food on every table and on every counter” commented Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister of Tourism.
Surrounding the red carpet ceremony, the 50 Best programme will include a series of side events, including the #50BestTalks discussion – some of which will be open to the public. We'll keep you updated on where and when.