The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards moved to 2021

The event will use this year's resources to support the F&B industry

The 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards
The 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 awards will not take place on June 2 2020 this year as planned. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been moved to 2021. 50 Best explained the decision was supported by its partners S.Pellegrino and Acquna Panna, along with destination partners Visit Flanders and City of Antwerp.

With the event moved to next year, 50 Best will allocate resources from this year to support the global F&B and hospitality industry. The World’s 50 Best Restaurants director of content William Drew said: “Given the circumstances globally, we will put all our efforts into helping the restaurant sector to fight for its future, as well as assisting in the work that leading chefs and restaurateurs are themselves doing to help others.”

Though its exact plans will not be revealed till later in the year, 50 Best said it would spend 2020 connecting chefs and restaurateurs together, along with food-focused media, to collectively share ideas on how to support the industry.

“We stand united with the restaurant sector at this unprecedented time,” added Drew. “Today we make a pledge that even though there will be no celebration of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, we will act to support and defend restaurants today and in the future. We ask for the community to join us in the initiatives that will take the place of our planned event programme in Antwerp, Flanders this year.”

He concluded: “Our heartfelt thanks go to the restaurant sector and all those who have stepped up to support the community. From offering meals and delivery services, to those liaising with government officials to protect restaurants and their future, we stand with you all.”

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