Launching on 18th of February at Palais Brongniart in Paris, the World Restaurant Awards will reveal last year's favorite restaurants, chosen by a 100-strong judging panel from 36 countries.
The panel includes world-famous chefs such as Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, Massimo Bottura, David Chang, Hélène Darroze, Daniel Humm, Dan Barber, René Redzepi, Ana Roš, Yotam Ottolenghi and Clare Smyth, alongside a respected line-up of globe-trotting culinary media and influencers.
The World Restaurant Awards are comprised of 18 categories, divided into 12 “Big Plates” and six “Small Plates”. The chosen categories reflect different levels of restaurant accessibility and will change each year in collaboration and consultation with the judging panel.
Global events and management firm IMG are behind these new awards, and they have partnered with Joe Warwick, the restaurant commentator and co-founder of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and author of the best-selling Where Chefs Eat, and Andrea Petrini — creator of Gelinaz!, the “groundbreaking gastronomic roadshow” — who will chair the awards’ judging panel.