The results of the Best Chef Awards have hit the streets! Officially announced in Milan on October 1st, the list of the top 300 chefs has been compiled based on voting from the chefs themselves, along with culinary professionals and “fol-LOVERS.” Following a rigorous voting process, the ranking has been compiled, with a stellar performance by Spanish chefs, who account for 7 of the top 50.
The very first spot on the list went to Joan Roca, of El Celler de Can Roca fame. Roca runs the Michelin-star restaurant together with his two brothers, and they have won countless awards. Three-Michelin-star chef David Muñoz, from DiverXO in Madrid, took 3rd place. David has since opened a more casual dining experience, called StreetXO, and a restaurant in London. Albert Adrià came in 14th. The brother of Ferran Adrià has built his own empire of restaurants in Barcelona, starred in his own documentary, and has been featured on Netflix.
Quique Dacosta ranked 24th. He is one of the leaders on Spain’s avant-garde dining scene, and he is based at his restaurant, in Denia, Alicante. Martin Berasategui came in 28th. His eponymous restaurant, in Lasarte-Oria, has 3 Michelin stars, though he has 8, i.e. more than any other Spanish chef. Andoni Luis Aduriz, the mastermind behind Mugaritz restaurant, in Rentería, was 30th, is considered one of the most influential chefs of our times. His restaurant has been ranked among the world’s best time and again. Eneko Atxa came in at 33rd. He runs the Michelin-star restaurant Azurmendi, in Larrabetzu, which serves innovative, sustainable cuisine.
Other chefs on the list included Dani García, Josean Alija, Elena Arzak, Ángel León, Carmen Ruscalleda, Paco Morales, Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, Paco Roncero, Fernando Arellano, and Coque Mario Sandoval.