The World Restaurant Awards are going to take place in Paris next February. Here, founder Joe Warwick (who also wrote the original article that spawned the World’s 50 Best Restaurants) explains how it’s going to change the international restaurant awards landscape.
1. It’s NOT another (insert swear word) list
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the various others that have been ‘inspired’ by that format - OAD, La Liste, Elite Traveller - produce pop charts of expensive restaurants with arguably arbitrary rankings. What does ‘Best’ mean? ‘Best’ for what exactly? Instead The World Restaurant Awards will present prizes to a wide range of restaurants across specific categories.
2. It’s open to every flavour of restaurant and not just the tasting menu and tweezers brigade
It will not only be about expensive restaurants with long waiting lists for reservations that, for the most part, the world already knows about. Expect categories for affordable, long-running and ethically-minded restaurants.
3. No special prizes for ‘the ladies’
It’s judging panel is gender-balanced with 50 / 50 men and women. We don’t believe in gender specific awards. At the same time we’re under no illusion that the composition of the panel will guarantee half of the shortlisted restaurants will be run by women. But in this way, hopefully, a lot more female restaurant talent will be recognised.
4. Total transparency and formal inspections
The judging panel and voting process will be strict, transparent and fair. The 100-strong judging panel will be published after nominations take place it the autumn. The names of everyone involved in the decision making process (not just those in charge) will be made public. The shortlisted restaurants in each category will be inspected unannounced by members of the judging panel to decide the winners.
5. It will be on TV
As opposed to be a magazine article that became an awards, The World Restaurant Awards has been designed as an awards show from the very beginning. It will be made into a TV programme, shown on various networks around the world.
More about the World Restaurant Awards
When is it? 18 February 2019
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