Portuguese chefs among the top 100 for The Best Chef Awards


Henrique Sá Pessoa, José Avurez and Hans Neuner are some of Portugal’s Michelin-starred chefs who have been included in the Top 100 Best Chef Awards 2021, an international ranking of the best chefs in the world.

The Best Chef Awards ceremony took place in Amsterdam on Wednesday September 15th.

Sá Pessoa, who runs his two Michelin star restaurant Alma in Lisbon and also became a well-known television personality with his show “Comtradição”, placed 38th on the list in his very first appearance.

“I’m happy. Without a doubt, it’s a very special honor,” Sá Pessoa told Lusa News Agency, describing her as one of the “highlights” of her career.

Meanwhile, Avayez has climbed several spots on the list, dropping from 70th in 2020 to 44th this year. The chef is best known for his two Michelin star restaurant Belcanto in Lisbon, although he owns several more in Portugal and Dubai.

Hans Neuner, who runs the two Michelin star Ocean restaurant at Vila Vita Parc Resort in Porches (Lagoa) ranked 50th, an improvement over last year (69th). Established in the Algarve for 13 years, the Austrian-born chef lets his passion for Portuguese cuisine take to new heights this year with the “Island Edition” menu, where he rediscovers the cuisine of the Azores, Madeira and São Tomé. . , and all the influences of the time of the Portuguese discoveries.

Spanish chefs Martin Berasategui and Eneko Atxa, who respectively run Michelin-starred restaurants Fifty Seconds and Eneko Lisboa in Lisbon, placed 28th and 31st.

The Best Chef is described as “a vibrant global community of passionate cooking enthusiasts. A project dedicated to celebrating the talented chefs who create the best culinary experiences across the world, as well as a global family of like-minded individuals and sharing culinary experiences ”.

The Top 100 list is created from a shortlist of 200 nominees. These include 100 “new faces” as well as the Top 100 from the previous edition which are automatically nominated again. The 100 new faces are preselected by a group of “100 anonymous professionals who, during their travels, travel the world and discover talents.

“Professionals include food journalists, critics, bloggers, photographers and other personalities with a broad knowledge of gastronomy. They are all industry experts, and their choices for each of the new faces are accompanied by an explanation of why they recommend them, ”add the organizers.

“The second task is to rank the final Top 100 among the shortlist of 200. This ranking is created by the votes of the 100 professionals as well as the current ranking of the top 100 chefs and the 100 candidates. “

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