Tue, 25th Jun 2019
Basque Culinary World Prize Finalists Announced


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




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