Edición: 2021


Ana Estrela – Special Mention

Ana Estrela, a Brazilian-born former dancer and choreography assistant for several Afro-Brazilian dance groups, founded the Origins Cultural Association in Bari, Italy to promote Brazilian culture through various artistic and culinary events. Through her work at Origins, Ana came to recognise the power of gastronomy to generate common spaces where people from different cultures can… Read more »

Xanty Elías

Spanish chef Xanty Elías has won the Basque Culinary World Prize 2021 for his initiative “Los Niños se Comen El Futuro”, which works to educate the next generation about healthy eating. Xanty has immersed himself in social projects to benefit the region. In 2017 he co-founded “Fundación Prenauta” with other local businesspeople, a non-profit that… Read more »

Kia Damon – Special Mention

Kia Damon is a rising star in America’s culinary scene and a powerful advocate for diversity in gastronomy. After noticing that the gastronomy sector was dominated by white, cisgender men, Damon founded the Supper Club from Nowhere as a response to the lack of visible black women in the industry. The initiative brings chefs and… Read more »

Elena Arzak

Elena Arzak is one of the most celebrated female chefs in the world. The daughter of legendary Basque chef Juan Mari, she learned her craft at the famous family restaurant, Arzak, in San Sebastian (which has three-Michelin stars and is one of the top ten restaurants in the world) and now heads up Ametsa at… Read more »

Trine Hahnemann

Trine Hahnemann is a Danish chef and food writer.  As an activist chef, she devotes her cooking to organic and sustainable food, and has been promoting for many years a different way of living gastronomy based on diversity and social justice. Hahnemann has written 10 cookbooks in her native Danish and 7 in English, including… Read more »

Manoella Buffara

Manu Buffara is one of the most promising chefs in Latin America. As an award-winning chef, she has created Manu (Curitiba, Paraná), to showcase her culture and identity. Her passion for cooking is deeply rooted in her upbringing. As a farmers’ daughter she learnt to appreciate the land and its produce, and harnessed this knowledge… Read more »

Dan Barber

A chef and writer, Barber is the heart and soul behind the Blue Hill restaurants in Manhattan and at Stone Barns. The Stone Barns location, located in the outskirts of New York, is part of an agricultural initiative where chefs connect diners with the land by using exceptional locally-sourced ingredients. Barber advocates for environmental causes… Read more »

Gastón Acurio

An icon of Peruvian cuisine, Acurio owns more than 40 restaurants across 12 countries, including the reknowned Astrid & Gastón. He fervently believes in cooking as a tool for social change. He is widely recognized for his philanthropic endeavours, such as the cooking school he founded in Pachacútec, a suburb of Lima, as well as… Read more »

Yoshihiro Narisawa

Yoshihiro Narisawa is the chef-proprietor of two-Michelin-starred restaurant Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan. Narisawa’s father was a confectioner and the kitchen became his playground until, at the age of 19, he travelled to Europe to train with renowned chefs such as Joël Robuchon and Paul Bocuse. Returning to Japan in 1996, Narisawa opened his first restaurant,… Read more »