Basque Culinary World Prize

Transforming society through gastronomy
Participate by nominating chefs who shows how gastronomy can be a motor for change

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Basque Culinary World Prize

Transforming society through gastronomy

A generation of international chefs have now expanded their role in society and redefined their profession by reaching a broader sphere of influence beyond the kitchen. All over the world, chefs have come to understand that they can use their knowledge, leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity to be part of the transformation of society.

The Basque Culinary World Prize was created to celebrate this evolution: to highlight the diversity and scope of this phenomenon in which gastronomy has come to be a powerful force for change, to underline a movement inspired by game-changers such as Dan Barber, Rene Redzepi, Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters and José Andrés, amongst others, who have for decades worked to take gastronomy farther, having a positive impact on society.

This prize celebrates a chef of any nationality who demonstrates how gastronomy can have a positive impact in fields such as culinary innovation, health, nutrition, education, the environment, the food industry, social or economic development, among others.

Every year an interdisciplinary jury, featuring some of the world’s most influential chefs, academics and experts, chooses the candidate who best embodies the mission of this unique global award, granted and promoted by Basque Culinary Center (BCC) and Basque Government through the framework of the Euskadi-Basque Country Strategy.


In 2024, Basque Culinary World Prize persists on strengthening and highlighting the transformative power of gastronomy, amplifying its scope and capacity to influence society. In its ninth edition, this recognition consolidates itself as a special distinction in a sector that continues to be a multiplying and inspiring phenomenon at a global level. All because of chefs whose work is loaded with talent, knowledge and creativity, which generate positive impacts in areas such as science, health, innovation, nutrition, education, social, economic and environmental development.

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  • February

    26/2 Nomination period begins.

    The call for culinary professionals to nominate candidates begins.

    The nomination period has ended.

  • April

    15/4 Nominations deadline.

    Selection by the Technical Secretariat of 3 applications.

  • June

    The BCWP Jury deliberates in Peru to choose the 2024 winner.

    19/6 Announcement of the winner and special mentions.

  • October

    Award ceremony gala.

    Representatives of the Basque Government will present the award to the winner during a special event held in the Basque Country.

The Prize

The Basque Culinary World Prize is an award for chefs (not for projects). To be considered, chefs have to be nominated by another professional currently working in the world of gastronomy – for instance, another chef, food writer or food supplier, or an institution.

The winner will have the chance to allocate 100 thousand euros to an initiative of his or her choice, which expresses the transformative power of gastronomy.

Jury 2024

The members of the BCC International Council demonstrate the broad sphere of influence chefs can achieve when they transcend the conventional boundaries of their profession. Thus, this group is charged with selecting the winner with the help of leading international experts, and they can not be nominate for the prize. 

Winner 2023

Ebru Baybara Demir

Hailing from Türkiye, the country that hosts most Syrian refugees, this great chef uses gastronomy as a tool for integration. In the many initiatives in which she is part of, Baybara Demir empowers women from both countries and dismantles prejudices by highlighting the richness of the exchange of cultures. She currently supports the agricultural development cooperative From Soil to Plate, in which volunteers from the region encourage the production and consumption of local, ancestral grains such as Sorgül (as well as making soaps, jams or handicrafts marketed through online platforms); and is involved in efforts aimed at the management of biodegradable waste in popular markets in Diyarbakır.


Basque Culinary Center

A pioneering academic institution for a pioneering prize.

The Basque Culinary Center (BCC) is a pioneering academic institution created in 2011 with the support of Mondragon University and seven top Basque chefs, including Juan Mari Arzak, Pedro Subijana and Andoni Luis Aduriz.

Located in one of the world’s major gastronomic capitals, the institution is in a unique position to bring together a wealth of talent. Courses encompass higher education, research, innovation and the promotion of gastronomy and nutrition. The BCC’s mission is to become the benchmark in their field, as well as to highlight the impact the modern chef can have on their profession, culture, community and the wider world.

From the very start, it has been backed by some of the most influential chefs in the world who now form our International Council. Chaired by Joan Roca (Spain), it is also formed by Massimo Bottura (Italy), Dan Barber (United States), Gastón Acurio (Peru), Ferran Adrià (Spain), Alex Atala (Brazil), Heston Blumenthal (United Kingdom), Michel Bras (France), Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Rene Redzepi (Denmark), Dominique Crenn (France/United States), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Trine Hahnemann (Denmark).

The BCC shares with them the sense of vocation that links gastronomy to other disciplines, and that same desire to make a positive contribution to the community through concrete actions.

Euskadi Basque Country

Euskadi is a land privileged by its gastronomic resources. Uniquely, it has been the cradle of many important movements and figures in the history of contemporary global cuisine. Although firmly rooted in its traditions, Basque cuisine has always known how to mix tradition with innovation. It has established trends and become a source of inspiration for other global models of fine dining.

The pleasure of eating and drinking, respect for local produce, and a love for creativity, innovation and collaboration are the remarkable characteristics of the Basque people that set them apart. It is no coincidence that this is the region with more Michelin stars per capita, and with some of the most interesting and influential culinary offerings.

With an exceptional combination of sea, mountains and fertile valleys – beautiful spaces ideally suited to gatherings – and the people’s untiring devotion to culinary excellence, Euskadi is an ideal place to host such an innovative award. Through the Basque Culinary World Prize, these values: quality, excellence and a ‘talent for transformation’ – will be celebrated.

Basque Government is interested in promoting social inclusiveness, innovation and innovation around the world. Together with gastronomy, these are values of the prize that are already closely associated with the Basque Country – values we want to celebrate through the prize.

Past editions

Take a look at past editions

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