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Michelin-Starred Chef Goes on Epic Rant Against Awards and Rankings

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Michelin-Starred Chef Goes on Epic Rant Against Awards and Rankings
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Christian Puglisi, the chef-owner of Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Relae restaurant and a Noma alum, has launched an epic rant against the proliferation of awards and rankings, claiming that he is tired of the constant need to size, rank and list “everything in this industry.”

Taking to Instagram, Puglisi, who's restaurant currently sits at number 39 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, was seemingly inspired by his inclusion on the recent Best Chef Awards' list of the world’s 300 best chefs, topped by Joan Roca.

For Puglisi, the announcement of another ranking was simply too much:

I have grown so tired of this constant need to sizing, ranking and listing every single thing in this industry. It seems like a month can’t go by without some new list coming out that you need to relate to … things are getting ridiculous - let me all just remind you if you forgot for a moment. It’s about food. Cooked in restaurants. - it’s not sports, it’s not politics. It’s not about votes, it’s not about ratings. It’s about eating, living, cooking and kicking ass.”

While acknowledging that such awards have been good for his own business (and ego), Puglisi says he feels highly uncomfortable being pitted against his fellow chefs:

Who the hell has the right to judge me or anyone else on a scale with thousands of other cooks that I might have a lot or absolutely nothing in common with...? As a person? As a chef? I have not entered an election as far as I know.”

The post has garnered over 2000 likes at time of writing, and a host of, largely supportive, comments.

Read the post in full below. Do you agree with Puglisi? Let us know over on our Facebook page.

 

Look at this! I have been voted (I think) to be the 69th best chef in the world! And I really hope that you really don’t give a flying fuck! Because guess what? You shouldn’t! I have grown so tired of this constant need to sizing, ranking and listing every single thing in this industry. It seems like a month can’t go by without some new list coming out that you need to relate to. 50 best restaurants, 100 best restaurants, 50 best pizza, Top 300 most influential under 30, best chef in the world, I won’t be surprised to soon finding the worldwide Top 100 ramen shop, the 50 best dressed chef of the year list (won by Quique Dacosta every year so maybe short lived..) the 100 best chefs on instagram and why not; The Best Chef Tattoo List in my feed or inbox. But now things are getting ridiculous - let me all just remind you if you forgot for a moment. It’s about food. Cooked in restaurants. - it’s not sports, it’s not politics. It’s not about votes, it’s not about ratings. It’s about eating, living, cooking and kicking ass. There is in my mind no sense in turning the great art of gastronomy and conviviality in a constant competition for acknowledgement, rankings and likes. It does not NEED to! Do you like what you are doing/eating/cooking? Does it need to be related to other experiences of that kind to have any value? No! Just enjoy the moment! Be present! It’s subjective! Sometimes you need to take the time to try and understand a bit of complexity rather than just simplifying every damn thing by ranking it. And yeeeees, I acknowledge that me and my business have been helped by many a ranking. At first my ego gets me excited, wow- top 100 chef in the world.😎 But then I’m thinking; who the hell has the right to judge me or anyone else on a scale with thousands of other cooks that I might have a lot or absolutely nothing in common with...? As a person? As a chef? I have not entered an election as far as I know. People! - you can’t rate people!!! Some of these ideas need to live and die their short lives behind the doors of some marketing department of some blendermaking company. Enough now. #bestchef #rankmyrant

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