2020 started out very differently than expected. The world of gastronomy is not exempt from this difficult global situation and for that reason, the organisation committee of The Best Chef did its best to make sure this year's edition of one of the most important annual events of the world's competitive culinary community could go ahead on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September in Rotterdam.


Following the official announcement of the names of the candidates to this year's awards, what's noteworthy is the presence of 8 Spanish chefs who have joined the candidates chosen from last year's gala, where 3 Spanish candidates ended up in the Top 5.


From the 1st of April, the 100 new candidates, together with the 100 selected in 2019, were able to vote on the best chef, granting 100 to 1000 points to the other participants. This score will be complemented with the opinion of other professionals of the sector, such as critics and foodies, with the goal of compiling the definitive list.


Rotterdam, gastronomy capital


Following the previous galas in Warsaw, Milan and Barcelona in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, it's now Rotterdam's turn to be the world centre for gastronomy talent during this three day event. The competition's eclectic programme will provide new dialogue spaces for creativity and innovation like for example the "Food Meets Science" conferences, where debate tables will be created with recognised professionals from the culinary and scientific world, and "Area Talks", which will open up a social gathering space in which chefs, foodies and other experts will participate, questioning the tradition, roots and other polemic matters of contemporary gastronomy.


For more information, please see the official website of The Best Chef Awards.