50 Next returns on 24th June with a live event in Bilbao

Chloe Vialou-Clark - 05/05/2022

The second annual edition of the 50 Next list – celebrating the biggest future gamechangers in gastronomy – will be announced at a live event in Bilbao, Basque Country, on 24th June.

The achievements of both the Class of 2021 and the upcoming Class of 2022 will be recognised at an awards ceremony following a day of interactive panel discussions and special appearances from some of the world’s favourite chefs, including Mauro Colagreco, Dominique Crenn and Joan Roca. Read on to discover more about the upcoming announcement

Who will be part of the 50 Next Class of 2022?

50 Next introduces the world to a new generation of talent that is truly making a difference. Created as an inclusive list rather than a ranking, the 50 Next 'Class of 2022' will shine a light on the careers and achievements of 50 people under 35 who are making waves in the wider gastronomic sector.

Spanning every level of the food and drink chain, the second edition of the list will feature individuals working across a vast array of industries and professions, from scientific research to winemaking, and farming to technology.

To distinguish the achievements of the Class of 2022, the list will be divided into seven categories: Gamechanging Producers; Tech Disruptors; Empowering Educators; Entrepreneurial Creatives; Science Innovators; Hospitality Pioneers and Trailblazing Activists.

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Best of the Best chef Joan Roca, Icon Award 2021 winner Dominique Crenn, and chef of Mirazur Mauro Colagreco will join the Class of 2022 celebrations in Bilbao

What will happen on 24th June?

To honour the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022, guests will gather at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao for an inspirational day of discussions and speeches from members of 50 Next and some of the top names in the culinary sector.

Iconic chef Joan Roca, of ‘Best of the Best’ restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, will kick off the celebrations with a keynote speech, and chef-owner of San Francisco-based Atelier Crenn, Dominique Crenn, will discuss the future of gastronomy.

Members of both 50 Next Classes will be joined on stage by chef Mauro Colagreco of Best of the Best restaurant Mirazur in a thought-provoking debate on the future of plant-based protein.


How was the list created?

Formed through extensive research in partnership with the Basque Culinary Center, the 50 Next lists showcase a global and diverse selection of the brightest minds in the gastronomic sector.

Hundreds of gastronomes from around the world put themselves or others forward during an application and nomination process that opened in August 2021. While focussing on those aged 35 and under, the list is also open to applicants over the age of 35 who have recently embarked on a new career path.

To find out more about the selection process, visit the 50 Next website.


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