Every day we are speaking to chefs, restaurateurs and customers who tell us new stories of hardship. And with each person we speak to, our resolve grows: in times of crisis, we need to use the strength of our network to help others.
50 Best for Recovery is our overarching programme, in partnership with S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, to help the restaurant sector overcome these uniquely difficult times. Our aim is to provide tangible financial relief for the industry, as well as to offer helpful resources for restaurant businesses as they emerge from the pandemic and seek actionable advice and support.
Here is how we are standing with the industry.
Launched with the generous backing of founding donor S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, our Recovery Fund is contributing to the global recovery of the hospitality sector. Funds are being raised through donations from 50 Best’s partners as well as a range of initiatives through which consumers can give back to their beloved restaurant industry.
As of July 14, the Recovery Fund had raised US$ 1.23 million through its fundraising activities, of which at least 50% will go directly to independent restaurants and bars via grants, with additional donations being made to non-profits around the world supporting the industry while feeding the most vulnerable in society. The Recovery Fund remains open to receive further donations.
Our fundraising activities include 50 Best's first ever e-cookbook, entitled Home Comforts: simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders, featuring the meals that the world’s most revered chefs are cooking for their families at home. The e-cookbook is available to download for a $10/£8 minimum donation to the Recovery Fund, along with access to #50BestRateMyPlate, a special social media contest open to foodies across the globe for the chance to win two VIP tickets to The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2021. Click here to discover how to enter.
The 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction ran from July 3-12, when food and travel enthusiasts were offered the opportunity to bid for out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences donated by the restaurants and chefs featured on our most recent lists. We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in the auction, as all proceeds went directly into the Recovery Fund to help boost restaurants and bars around the world.
We are also encouraging all food and restaurant lovers to make a donation. No donation could ever be too big or too small, and every action – from spreading the word to buying the Home Comforts e-cookbook and participating in the #50BestRateMyPlate Instagram challenge – will help hospitality businesses survive this crisis.
To support the 50 Best for Recovery programme in disbursing the funds raised through our initiatives, we have established the World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC, a not-for-profit community interest company that will distribute all proceeds of the Recovery Fund to restaurants, bars and non-profit organisations supporting the sector in the following ways:
Direct grants: The World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC will make direct contributions to restaurants and bars with grants of up to US $5,000 per establishment. Applications were open between July 27 and August 2 and are now closed. For all the information about the process, please see here.
Non-profit organisations: The World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC is making additional donations to a number of charitable organisations that it has identified as supporting restaurants and their staff, as well as feeding those most in need. These include:
1 million meals: The World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC also join forces with Social Gastronomy Movement, a global network of organisations across 38 different countries, in its Food Solidarity Fund intending to provide 1 million meals to those most in need with a donation of $127,000.
On our Recovery Hub, we are gathering and generating content that offers advice, information and inspiration for the sector, as well as for food-lovers looking to play their part in sustaining and rebuilding our industry. Here, we are sharing inspirational stories from chefs around the world as well as championing ways in which the food world is giving back during the coronavirus pandemic.
In October 2020, we plan to host a virtual Recovery Summit with a focus on exploring how the restaurant world can thrive once again. Comprising a range of events including masterclasses, talks, case studies, interviews and discussion forums, the Summit will gather the global gastronomic community together online to share learnings, promote best practices and explore visions of a post-pandemic world for restaurants and diners. Stay tuned to discover more details.
After consulting with our partners and the global restaurant community, we have decided to postpone the event programme that was set to take place in Antwerp, Flanders, in June 2020. Our annual list of the world’s finest dining destinations will not be released this year in any format. Instead, those restaurants voted onto the 2020 ranking-designate will be fully recognised in 2021, circumstances permitting.
The 50 Best team continues to offer its heartfelt support to all those businesses and individuals suffering from the effects of the global pandemic. We are hugely grateful to all those in the hospitality world who are dedicating their time and skill to help others, as well as to our partners.
As countries and restaurants around the world begin to emerge from the pandemic, while others still remain in lockdown, we believe emphatically that we will come through this stronger and more determined to connect and unify our food-and-drink community – consumers and workers alike – across the globe.