Singapore is Asia’s first city to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards party. The biggest names in the culinary world will gather in the Lion City from Saturday, 22 June until Wednesday, 26 June 2019 to await the revealing of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants winners.

The awards revealed to whet the appetite so far are:

The World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019

Pastry Chef Jessica Préalpato

Head Pastry Chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris, Jessica Préalpato has been voted The World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019. Préalpato was born into a family of pastry chefs and is well known for her use of seasonal ingredients to create highly flavourful but light dessert dishes.

Her signature dishes include strawberry clafoutis with frosted pine and Millason cake and “figue”, which features figs cooked three ways with fig ice cream and a light biscuit.

Miele One To Watch 2019

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Lake Garda’s Lido 84 is this year’s One To Watch. The restaurant is run by brothers Chef Riccardo Camanini and co-owner Giancarlo Camanini, who revamped a former lido, or outdoor swimming pool (see header picture), with glorious views over the water. Their culinary philosophy stems from their surroundings, with the raw mountain milk from the area incorporated into the fior di latte ice cream, Bagòss cheese for pasta dishes, eel and pike from Lake Garda for starters and mains and olive oil, lemons and wisteria from the hills for sweet endings.

Cacio e pepe en vessie

Recreating the renowned Roman dish as their signature, the cacio e pepe en vessie presents pasta, cheese and black pepper inside an inflated pig’s bladder for a touch of theatre in this aromatic, flavourful dish, which has already become a cult classic.

The World’s Best Female Chef 2019

Chef Daniela Soto-Innes

The Best Female Chef award has thus far brought into the spotlight the work of 21 women across 15 countries, and this year saw Mexico City native Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme in New York City named Best Female Chef. See our full story on Chef Soto-Innes.

Chef Daniela Soto-Innes

American Express Icon Award 2019

US-based Spanish chef José Andrés has been quietly making a difference through his incredible humanitarian work as well as his prolific work in the kitchen creating some of the most exciting cuisine coming out of the United States today.

Chef José Andrés

Honing his craft at elBulli under Ferran Adrià, he has spent his recent career building ThinkFoodGroup, which encompasses more than 30 restaurants, all different in style but all focusing on the same well-sourced ingredients, including his avant-garde, two- Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés in Washington, DC. Chef Andrés’ humanitarian work with World Central Kitchen provided nearly four million meals to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and was awarded a National Humanities Medal at the White House by President Barack Obama.

Chef José Andrés

Stay tuned for the unveiling of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 on 25 June and every update in between!

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