Joël Robuchon on Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants List

The growing controversy regarding restaurant rating systems like Michelin and the comparatively recently debuted Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has put the old guard of established chefs holding multiple (more than three) stars in the Michelin guide against the new wave of emerging chefs quickly gaining international repute based on such lists. Three Michelin stars…

Enrique Olvera, Pujol, Mesamérica, Mexico City

Enrique Olvera was seated in the front row of the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City looking elated to see Mesamérica being formally declared open by the Mayor of the city, the minister of tourism for its third version. Having had the opportunity to see him and interact with him at close quarters at the conference, at…

Juan Mari Arzak, Arzak, Donostia San Sebastian, Spain

I cannot imagine going to San Sebastian and not seeing Juan Mari Arzak .The first time I visited San Sebastian many years ago it was to dine at his restaurant for a birthday dinner. Last month while watching him affectionately wish Eneko Atxa at the London Guidhall for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards I…

Chef David Thompson , Nahm , Bangkok, Thailand

I met chef David Thompson for the first time at Mesamérica in Mexico City just a few days ago.  When it comes to Thai cuisine his name is invariably at the top of the list of chefs cooking and creating this cuisine. After hearing his impassioned and scholarly conversation on stage with his friend Andy…

Guy Savoy Continued…

I have just returned from three intense days at Mesamerica in Mexico City where I met some celebrated chefs for the first time and others I have known for years. In my conversations with younger talent, I always point out that they should not lose their own identities in their rise to celebrity. It is…