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.
The selection process for the latest edition of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship took place between November 2019 and February 2020. 21-year-old Hawaiian cook Andrew Wong was named as the recipient of the 2020 Scholarship on 12 March.
Wong will be given 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, he will 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 November 2020, with the Scholarship winner spending six weeks at each of the restaurants. Wong will receive complimentary tickets and flights from his 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 himself during the stages.
Wong was selected through a three-stage judging process overseen by the 50 Best team that involved written and video submissions and interviews, and to which host chefs Mauro Colagreco, Leonor Espinosa and Luke Dale-Roberts, as well as BBVA representatives, had an input.
Applications for the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship will open again in November 2020. Stay tuned to 50 Best's Instagram to be the first to find out which restaurants will be taking part in the 2021 edition of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship.
In 2019 and 2020, over 1,100 ambitious cooks from 81 countries have applied for the scholarship. Below is an infographic relative to the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship.