Selection Process

What is 50 Next?

50 Next is a list of people who are shaping the future of gastronomy. Formed through robust research and analysis by 50 Best and the internationally renowned Basque Culinary Center, it showcases a diverse global selection of bright young minds who have turned their ideas into reality. A list but not a ranking, 50 Next aims to inspire, empower and connect young people who are pushing boundaries at every level of the food chain. The first edition was revealed in 2021 and the second will be published in 2022.

Who can apply?

50 Next is open to applicants from all countries and backgrounds. We are looking for:

  • People aged 35 or under* (If you are over 35 but starting a new career path, you can also apply, provided you have a maximum of three years’ experience in your chosen field)
  • People working at all levels and in all areas of gastronomy, or in disciplines that have a direct impact on gastronomy, including, but not limited to: Activists, bartenders, chefs, consumers, craft beer and spirits producers, designers, distributors, educators, entrepreneurs, farmers, fishers, food and drink writers, non-profit workers, researchers, restaurateurs, scientists, sommeliers, tech creators, winemakers and more
  • People who are pushing the boundaries of gastronomy and tackling challenges from fresh perspectives
  • People who have achieved results or shown clear progress through their work towards a particular goal

* Applicants should be 35 or under on 21 February 2022

What do we mean by ‘gastronomy’?

For many people, gastronomy means fine dining, but at 50 Next and the Basque Culinary Center, we celebrate the entire food and drink chain, from farmers and producers to food distributors, sommeliers and even consumers. The list is not limited to those working in the industry but also those whose work has an impact on gastronomy, for example a scientist whose discovery directly affects food and drink, or an activist campaigning for better food policies.

How can I apply?

Applications are now open via the form below, which will take about 30 minutes to complete. We will ask for contact details, information about your area of work and how you are shaping the future of gastronomy. We will also ask for a referee, such as a current or former manager, co-worker or teacher, who can provide us with more information about you and your work. We recommend saving your answers to the longer questions in Word or Notes, as the application form cannot be saved prior to completion. Applications are open until 22 September 2021.

Can I nominate someone else for the list?

Absolutely. If you know someone who is shaping the future of gastronomy and whose work deserves recognition, you can nominate them via the form below. You’ll need to fill out some contact details and tell us why you think this person is brilliant. The nominee could be your co-worker, employee or even a friend – your relationship to them isn’t important; what matters is your nomination. Please submit your nomination(s) by 22 September 2021.

What happens after I apply?

For the second year running, 50 Next has teamed up with the trusted experts at the Basque Culinary Center, the internationally renowned organisation behind the annual Basque Culinary World Prize and other gastronomy initiatives. As our Academic Partner, the team at the Basque Culinary Center will work with 50 Next to identify the winning applicants. We may contact you or your referee to find out more about your work.

When will I find out if I’ve made the list?

We aim to contact all applicants by the end of December 2021.

How is the list created?

Together with the Basque Culinary Center, 50 Next performs thorough research to discover the strongest candidates. The final selection for 2022 will showcase 50 people from all over the world whose work truly pushes boundaries and tackles challenges from fresh perspectives. The second edition of the list will be published in early 2022.

How can I find out more?

Consult our Frequently Asked Questions for further information on the application and nomination process, or discover Our Partners, the Basque Culinary Center, the Basque Country and the Biscay region of Spain. For further questions regarding the selection process, please visit our Contact Us page.

Good luck!