Online petition launched to protest World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards

26th May 2015 6 Comments

An online petition has been launched protesting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, with critics lambasting the event as “opaque, sexist and priggishly self-pleasing.”

Modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy50Best is being launched by a trio of angry foodspotters in France who are urging sponsors and financial backers to stop supporting the awards.

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  • May 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm // Reply

    this is the letter I sent to 50 best resignning to my place as jury:

    the letter had a mention on NYT as well a widely in south america!

    Buenos Aires august 29 2013

    To: San Pellegrino Awards
    Restaurant magazine, London

    From: Francis Mallmann

    Thanks so much for choosing me as one of your voting members but
    I have decided not to vote any more in your awards. I have been feeling this way the last two years, and now I cant do it anymore.

    You, see I have been cooking now for 40 years. As you know, cooking is a romance with produce, space, service, timing and silence. This runs counter to the sentiments I observe in so many of my colleagues who are so concerned with the awards that they spend the year lobbying the electorate, jetting to conferences, and, in my view, wasting precious time, and walking away from the true values of what restaurants are.

    Awards created a ficticious, hyper competitive ambiance for our cooking culture.
    Innovation seems to be the prime value. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with that, it has moved us away from valuing craft in pursuit or so-called art. Young chefs attempt to cross bridges, long before they should just for the sake of being, new, different and famous. Art is an intellectual thought, and eating good food & wine has more to do with the senses and with sharing. Wine & food makes us more acute, witty, trenchant. Only then can it stimulate our thoughts and improves our communion with our peers, friends, lovers. Certainly food can be intelectual, but in a more silent, dare I say humble, way.

    To be sure, I have been greatly honoured to be number 7 on your list the first year.

    Its just that my cooking life has no links with these awards anymore.

    So I wish you all best and thanks again for allowing me to serve these past years in your board.

    Let us break bread together,

    Francis Mallmann.

  • May 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm // Reply

    Yes voting should be more controlled and less biased

  • June 1, 2015 at 11:24 am // Reply

    Personally, I find all these lists stereotyped and subject to cronyism.

  • June 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm // Reply

    Mallmann you’re great!

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