50 Best BBVA Scholarship 2020

Creating opportunities for aspiring chefs

The 50 Best BBVA Scholarship, now in its third year, is a scheme that provides a unique opportunity for an aspiring cook to work alongside some of the finest chefs and gain experience in award-winning kitchens with three stages in restaurants across the world.

Applications are now open for the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship 2020, and will close on Friday, 20th December 2019. Ambitious culinary students over the age of 18, as well as cooks with less than three years’ experience in a professional kitchen, are invited to apply online on the Scholarship portal.

For its third edition, the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship will give an upcoming cook the chance to work in the kitchens of Mirazur in Menton, France – voted The Word’s Best Restaurant 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna – alongside chef Mauro Colagreco; followed by a stage at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, South Africa, which was named The Best Restaurant in Africa 2019, working with chef Luke Dale-Roberts; and finally, the opportunity to be mentored by Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2017 Leonor Espinosa at Leo in Bogotá, Colombia.

The stages will take place between June and October 2020, with the Scholarship winner spending six weeks at each of the restaurants. The recipient will receive complimentary tickets and flights from their home country to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 awards ceremony in Antwerp, Flanders, on Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, where he will be presented with the Scholarship on stage in front of the world’s leading chef and media. The Scholarship also includes a £1,500 cash prize to help the winner support themselves during the stages. Click here to read the full terms of entry.

The winner of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship 2020 will be selected through a three-stage judging process overseen by the 50 Best team that will involve written and video submissions and interviews, and to which host chefs Mauro Colagreco, Leonor Espinosa and Luke Dale-Roberts, as well as BBVA representatives, will have an input.

Andersen Lee, a 20-year-old cook from Montreal, Canada, received the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship 2019 and was given the chance to work at Odette in Singapore, Core by Clare Smyth in London, UK, and Quintonil in Mexico City, Mexico. Read the highlights of Lee’s culinary journey.

Since 2018, over 1,200 ambitious cooks from 74 countries have applied for the scholarship. We look forward to receiving your application!

Below is an infographic relative to the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship.