The top 20 finalists of The Basque Culinary World Prize have been announced with Alberto Crisci of UK charity The Clink making the shortlist.
The award recognises chefs from around the world whose projects improve society through gastronomy and the winner will receive €100,000 to donate to their chosen project or institution. The award is jointly organised and promoted by the Basque Culinary Center and the Basque government.
Joan Roca will chair the judging panel which includes Joan Roca, Gastón Acurio, Ferran Adrià, Dan Barber, Heston Blumenthal, Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi and Yuki Hattori amongst others. Flying the flag for the UK is Alberto Crisci who will be going up against the likes of Daniel Boulud on 11 July.
Alberto Crisci (image credit Alexandra Bertram).
Alberto founded The Clink charity which has restaurants in four British prisons, providing offenders with training and qualifications so that they can find employment in the hospitality industry once they have finished their sentence, aiming to reduce reoffending rates.
The full list of finalists can be found below.
Alberto Crisci, UK
Alicia Gironella, Mexico
Angel León, Spain
Ann Cooper, USA
Carlos Zamora, Spain
Daniel Boulud, France / USA
David Hertz, Brazil
Gabriel Garza, Mexico
Jesamyn Rodriguez, Canada / USA
José Andrés, Spain
Joshna Maharaj, India / Canada
Kamilla Seidler, Denmark and Michelangelo Cestari, Venezuela
Leonor Espinosa, Colombia
Manoela Buffara, Brazil
Margot Janse, The Netherlands / South Africa
Maria Fernanda di Giacobbe, Venezuela
Massimiliano Alajmo, Italy
Nani Moré, Spain
Rodolfo Guzman, Chile
Teresa Corçao, Brazil