Aspiring Taiwanese chef Jessie Liu is the first ever recipient of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship.
The 50 Best BBVA Scholarship provides unique opportunities for talented cooks to gain experience in some of the best restaurants in the world through stages. Liu, a 24-year-old chef from Taipei, Taiwan, will spend six weeks working at Andoni Luis Aduriz’s restaurant Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain (No.9 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017), and six weeks in the kitchen of the 2016 World’s Best Female Chef Dominique Crenn at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, USA.
The two stages will take place between June and September 2018, after Liu is presented her award on stage at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain, on Tuesday 19th June.
The scholarship, developed in conjunction with global financial group BBVA, has been created to nurture the legacy of culinary excellence which the annual awards promotes, with entries open to aspiring chefs from across the globe. Over 1,000 ambitious cooks from 82 different countries applied for the 2018 scholarship.
The scholarship was awarded based on a number of judging stages led by 50 Best and BBVA representatives, together with chefs Aduriz and Crenn, including written submissions, supporting testimonies, self-produced videos and live interviews. Applicants for the scholarship are required to have less than three years’ experience in a professional kitchen.