New awards – a new standard
The new World Restaurant Awards come to life on the 18 February in Paris, showcasing culinary excellence as well as ethics, suppliers, heritage, diversity and originality. These annual Awards complement our own ethos: a commitment to heritage crafts, rare breeds and those helping to preserve them.
As a proud partner to this red-carpet event, we will be a big part of the night.
The event of the year
This will be a gala evening of celebration, the international restaurant scene’s equivalent to the Oscars, marking the beginning of a new benchmark in gastronomy. Guests from all over the world will enjoy an evening discovering new culinary geniuses and savouring exceptional cuisine, fine wine and champagne, within the opulent surroundings of the Palais Brongniart.
Judges have made their decisions: restaurants, pop-ups, chefs, suppliers, novices and the industry as a whole will have their futures changed.
100 judges: Big names, new names
Uniquely, half the WRA judges are female. That, alongside the choice of categories ensures the results are far more representative of the modern gastronome’s more open-minded appetite for both fine and humble cuisine.
Yotam Otteolenghi, Ana Ros, Rene Redzepi, Clare Smyth, Mauro Colagreco, Elena Arzak, Massimo Botturo, Helene Darroze, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Alex Atala, Rodolfo Guzman, Margot Janse, David Chang, Margaret Lam, Tom Parker Bowles, Manoella Buffara, Dan Barber, Emma Bengtsson, Kylie Kwong, Peter Gordon, Esben Bang, May Chow and Daniel Humm…
There are 18 highly sought-after Awards on the night: 12 ‘Big Plates’ that champion excellence, integrity and diversity throughout the industry, covering subjects such as: best restaurant, new arrival, off-the-map, original thinking, enduring classics, residencies and pop-ups, atmosphere, ethical thinking and suppliers. Six further ‘Small Plates’ reflect a more light-hearted approach with awards for the best Instagram account, trolley service, tattoo-free chef, red wine-serving, tweezer-free kitchen and long-form journalism.
“We designed these categories and selected our judging panel to talk about excellent restaurants of all shapes, sizes and colours, and to provoke conversations that go beyond the usual big names and destinations.”
Joe Warwick, Creative Director of The World Restaurant Awards