The venue of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards ceremony has officially been announced – the Sands Theatre within the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Tuesday 25th June. The world-renowned celebration recognises the top gastronomical institutions and establishments in the world and will be preceded by a full programme of associated events and activities for both international culinary professionals and food lovers.
Singapore is set to be the first city in Asia to host the world’s biggest annual gathering of chefs, restaurateurs, producers, media and VIPS, reflecting the city-state’s global reputation as an exciting and diverse foodie hotspot. Says William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: “We couldn’t be more excited to host our upcoming edition of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants programme in Singapore, culminating in the gala awards in the iconic Marina Bay Sands integrated resort on Tuesday 25th June. The venue, and the host location as a whole, offers everything from street food and heritage dining to upscale celebrity chef establishments. The rich diversity of cuisine on offer in the city is incredible.”
Beyond the ceremony itself, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be hosting a series of events, as supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. The programme includes the #50BestTalks, presented by Miele on Sunday 23rd June, where foodies will have the opportunity to hear about the latest trends in gastronomy from leading figures in the restaurant world. This exclusive thought-leadership event platform will take the form of a live stage show, with tickets available to the public as well as invited guests. Visitors will also get a chance to attend a series of Masterclasses and collaborative ‘four-hands’ dinners conducted by the world’s greatest chefs over the days preceding the awards ceremony and announcement of the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. These Masterclasses will offer exclusive up-close access to the cream of the world’s culinary talent, while the collaborative dinners will provide a series of unique and exceptional dining experiences across Singapore.
All events will be hosted at Marina Bay Sands, being the Official Venue partner, and guests will also celebrate in style at an after-party hosted by the soon to be opened night club Marquee after the ceremony. Meanwhile, on Monday 24th June, the chefs and restaurateurs gathered from all parts of the world will attend the traditional Chefs’ Feast at Tanjong Beach Club, where they will taste the best of Singapore’s street food from hand-selected hawker stalls. A succession of highly coveted special awards – including the elit™ Vodka World’s Best Female Chef, the American Express Icon and the Miele One To Watch, as well as the recipient of the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship – will also be announced in the weeks ahead of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants live event programme.
Says Ms Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board: “We are delighted to host a week-long series of events with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Singapore this June. Holding the 50 Best branded events here will not only benefit local enterprises through the creation of new business opportunities, but also help to profile Singapore’s culinary talents and brands on an international stage. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best chefs and visitors to Singapore, in what will be a truly exciting week of gastronomic experiences.”
Says Mr George Tanasijevich, CEO and President of Marina Bay Sands: “Marina Bay Sands is honoured to be the first Asian venue host of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019. The significance of this global culinary event resonates with our endless pursuit to bring the best dining experiences to Singapore. We are looking forward to setting the stage for the gala awards ceremony, masterclasses and collaborative dinners, and extending our hospitality to the guests of The World’s 50 Best.”
In 2019, the 50 Best organisation has introduced a number of key changes to its Academy of voters and voting eligibility rules to promote greater diversity and inclusivity. This includes the application of a gender parity policy in selecting voters, as well as the elevation of previous No.1 restaurants to a Best of the Best category, meaning they will no longer be featured in the annual ranking. Best of the Best creates a platform for the best chefs in the world to share their incredible knowledge and passion, and use their status for positive change. 50 Best continues its focus on highlighting sustainability, creating opportunities for aspiring chefs and providing a platform for positive change through initiatives such as the Sustainable Restaurant Award and the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship, as well as through its #50BestTalks events and digital platforms.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 takes place at Marina Bay Sands on 25th June 2019. For more information, visit the website here