Tasting Notes

The Best Chef Awards announces their Top 100 finalists for 2019

The coveted Best Chef Awards have announced their Top 100 finalists for 2019 after completing the voting round which saw fellow chefs and industry professionals casting votes for their favorites. This year’s best-performing countries boasting the highest number of nominees are France (18), Italy (12) and Spain (12). The winners of 2019 Best Chef Awards will be announced on 24 September at a ceremony held in Barcelona. 

The full list of finalists can be found here, and includes last year’s top 5 chefs – Joan Roca (Spain), Rene Redzepi (Denmark), David Muñoz (Spain), Björn Frantzén (Sweden) and Jonnie Boer (The Netherlands) – alongside a host of other familiar names from previous editions. The list of finalists also welcomes an exciting number of new entries, such as Victor Arguinzoniz and Eduard Xatruch, Oriol Castro and Mateu Casañas...

July 16, 2019

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Julien Poisot

Executive Chef of Michelin-starred Le Duèze at the exquisite Château de Mercuès in France, Julien Poisot uses ingredients from the region to produces flavor-filled dishes that put an elegant twist on traditional French cuisine

To the backdrop of a stunning 13th-century château, chef Julien Poisot serves local and seasonal dishes that showcase the Southern French region in all its glory. Dishes such as Quercy lamb, conchiglioni with mushrooms, black Lalbenque truffles and verbena jus, alongside the signature dish of poached pear in Malbec, vanilla cheesecake and beetroot espuma have become staples of Le Duèze under Poisot's helm, spotlighting the chef's...

July 15, 2019

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PX+ Festival Brings Together an Extraordinary Lineup of Culinary Experts

Set to take place from 17-19 August 2019 on Duchess Farms in Hertfordshire, this year’s edition of the PX+ Festival will feature an awe-inspiring lineup of chefs, bakers, butchers, cheese makers and other incredible producers as well as front-of-house teams, sommeliers, mixologists and drinks producers. 

A weekend filled with creativity and collaboration, the PX+ festival aims to bring together all those involved in the hospitality industry to celebrate and learn more about gastronomy through hands-on workshops, talks and dining experiences. The chefs at this year's event include a list of culinary heavyweights, such as Clare Smyth (Core**), Will Goldfarb (Room 4 Dessert), Team Tom Kerridge (Tom Kerridge Restaurant Group, Greg...

July 11, 2019

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Masafumi Hamano

As chef-owner of Au 14 Février Saint-Amour-Bellevue in the rural French town, MasafumiHamano blends all his culinary experience with his passion for the craft and the joy it brings into his cuisine. His aim was to create a restaurant that could be appreciated by local French guests in more rural areas, not in large cities or tourist hotspots, and the chef has certainly managed to achieve this with his two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Born in Itoshima City, in the Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan in 1975, Hamano first started cooking when he was in junior high. With parents as tomato farmers, they were busy throughout the day, and thus, without his mother there to cook him lunch, Hamano began learning how to cook for himself. Intrigued by cooking and the kitchen, Hamano would constantly attempt to make new things, trying over and over again using trial and error to...

July 10, 2019

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