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There will be no World's 50 Best Restaurants this year – event postponed to 2021

The annual list will not be released this year as the event organiser shifts its focus to supporting, connecting and uniting the global gastronomic community in the wake of COVID-19.

There will be no World's 50 Best Restaurants this year – event postponed to 2021

Winners at last year's World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. (Photo: The World's 50 Best Restaurants)

As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs the restaurant industry, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020 awards will no longer take place on June 2 in Antwerp, Belgium as originally planned. The event will be postponed until 2021, and the annual list will not be released this year in a ranked format, event organisers announced on March 30.

The decision was made as a result of the tremendous toll the pandemic has had on the restaurant and hospitality sectors worldwide. In light of this, 50 Best will focus its resources this year on supporting, connecting and uniting the global gastronomic community. 

Efforts will be redirected to "meaningful initiatives that will help bolster the restaurant sector in this difficult time".

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 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.”

Further details of its plans for the year will be communicated in the coming weeks and months.

“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 this year.”

On March 24, winners of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced via a digital countdown, in place of an onsite awards ceremony. 

“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." – William Drew

Similarly, the onsite ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Bars, which was supposed to take place in Singapore on May 14, has since been cancelled. Winners will be announced via a digital countdown as well.

READ> Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020: Singapore’s Odette keeps its top spot

Source: CNA/st(ds)

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