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 will be used to support a range of non-profit organisations working in different parts of the globe to aid the survival and eventual revival of the restaurant sector. Funds will be raised through donations from 50 Best’s partners as well as a range of accessible initiatives through which consumers will be able to give back to their beloved restaurant industry.
These will include a 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction in June, offering food lovers the opportunity to bid for out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences from the restaurants and chefs featured on our most recent list. A e-cookbook entitled Home Comforts: simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders will also be made available to download in return for a small donation to the Recovery Fund, along with a special social media contest open to foodies across the globe.
Details on how to get involved and how to donate to the Recovery Fund will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
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 September 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.
Although we don’t know when we will next be able to return to the restaurants we love, we believe emphatically that we can come through this stronger and more determined to connect and unify our food-and-drink community – consumers and workers alike – across the globe.