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Food For Thought: World’s 50 Best Restaurants brings gastro-community together for recovery summit programme

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The organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announces that its Recovery Summit will take place over three days, from 13th to 15th October across digital platforms, with a focus on exploring how the restaurant sector can thrive once again.

Hosted primarily on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook channel, but with additional elements presented across a range of digital platforms, the Summit will gather the global food community online to share learnings, promote best practices and present visions of a postpandemic world for restaurants and diners.

The Recovery Summit will include the following elements:
• Food Meets Hope by S.Pellegrino, charting positive stories of restaurant restructure, recovery and revitalisation
• 50 Best Masterclasses, with the world’s top chefs and bartenders demonstrating dishes and pairing cocktails for a hungry audience at home
• Visions of Recovery chef interview series on Instagram Live
• #50BestTalks, presented by Miele: Rewriting the Menu, with leading gastronomic thinkers discussing how current events are transforming what we eat
• New Horizons, an exploration of the future of fine dining, inclusivity and recognition

The Recovery Summit forms part of the overall 50 Best for Recovery programme, launched earlier this year in partnership with S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and in lieu of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 events and list publication, which are postponed until 2021.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are all aware that the hospitality sector has suffered horrendously as a result of the pandemic through the majority of 2020, but we are now seeing tentative signs of renaissance, albeit unevenly, across different parts of the globe. The Recovery Summit plays a vital role in helping reconnect, reaffirm and revitalise the restaurant sphere – for professionals and diners alike – and we invite all those with a love of food and restaurants to join us over these three days of diverse events.

He adds: “With the support of S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna and our roster of partners, we will continue to do our utmost to support and promote delicious food, talented chefs, sustainable practices, positive cultural changes and, ultimately, great restaurants through the 50 Best for Recovery programme and beyond.”

The current programme lineup begins with Food Meets Hope. Co-created with  S.Pellegrino, the event features speakers discussing what it takes to reshape and rebuild their businesses, as well as exploring how to use recent events to instigate positive cultural change and how the restaurant model can evolve effectively to reflect the new desires of diners. On the second day, Miele presents #50BestTalks, an interactive thought-leadership series that looks at changing ingredients, menus and culinary outlooks in a post-pandemic restaurant world. Finally, the summit culminates with a keynote speaker challenging the hospitality world to reinvent itself in order to welcome a brighter dawn ahead, while also celebrating the quality and diversity of leading restaurants across the globe, as well as see 50 Best unveil its plans for the future.

Stefano Bolognese, Sanpellegrino International Business Unit Director, says: “The gastronomy sector all around the world has been rocked by the events of 2020, but we believe that together our industry is strong and resilient. For this reason, earlier this year, we launched the S.Pellegrino #SupportRestaurants Movement to stand side by side with the chef community in such challenging times. As part of our commitment to facilitate the process of rebuilding the sector, we are proud to be part of the 50 Best Recovery Summit, together with our Food Meets Hope event, to offer opportunities to debate, learn, share experiences and actively contribute to shaping the industry of tomorrow in a positive way.”

Since the onset of the global pandemic, the 50 Best team hasfocused its resources on 50 Best for Recovery, providing tangible financial relief as well as creating and collating helpful resources for hospitality businesses as they emerge from the pandemic and seek actionable advice and support. To date, the World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC, an independent non-profit body created to administer the funds raised, has distributed $1.23 million to restaurants and bars in need of support, as well as to a series of non-profit organisations supporting the sector.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Recovery Summit runs from 13th to 15th October 2020 online. Full details of the participants involved in the different elements that make up the Recovery Summit will be revealed in the coming weeks, along with specific timings and platforms for each individual event. For updates, visit the website here, or their Instagram and Facebook

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