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David Thompson Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

David Thompson’s staunch traditionalism finally paid off, as the Thai-dedicated Australian chef became the 2016 recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year’s edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. His restaurant, Nahm, happens to be one of the hottest dining places in Bangkok, but the Michelin-recognized chef (for his London establishment) has an international influence range, extending to Singapore, where his other restaurant Long Chim is situated.

The celebrity chef’s restaurants have been aptly named by critics as Temples of Thai Gastronomy. Despite his Aussie roots, Thompson has dedicated his time to tracking down the centuries-old cookbooks of Thai matriarchs in order to serve up authentic flavors. For his efforts, he’s considered an honorary Thai, and he’s even released some books detailing in-depth recipes and looks into the history of the cuisine.

Among his claims to fame are scoring a Michelin star within six months of Nahm’s opening in London, and scoring the No. 1 spot on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2014 for the Bangkok outlet at the Metropolitan Hotel. When he receives his award on February 29 at a gala ceremony, he can add one more to the record.

Michelin Reveals US Diners Spending Habits

What would you pay for an ideal meal? That is the question Michelin asked 2,000 Americans. The results show men more willing to splash out on a fancy meal than women, while diners on the West Coast are the biggest spenders, willing to fork over double what residents in other parts of the US would pay for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

That’s according to the results of a new Michelin survey carried out by Harris Poll, which asked 2,000 Americans about their attitudes on fine dining.

Overall, results showed that Americans are willing to drop an average of US$203 on a gourmet dining experience if they were promised it would go down as the best meal of their lives.

“We discovered across every demographic that American diners would be willing to pay a sizable sum to eat the best meal of their lives at a high-end restaurant,” said Cynthia Ochterbeck, Michelin’s US editorial director.

“Perhaps this is the influence of around-the-clock food shows and celebrity chefs, but the fine food movement continues to see an extraordinary growth in popularity.”

A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a few interesting differences, including geographical, demographic and gender divides.

For instance, it seems that while men are ready to spend an average of $241 for a gourmet meal, women are inclined to spend considerably less, at $166.

Geographically, the survey found that West Coasters are the biggest spenders in the US when it comes to fine dining, pushing the average up to $352 — double what people would pay in the Northeast ($182), the South ($149) and the Midwest ($148).

Likewise, results showed that younger diners, namely Millennials, seem to be more gourmand, willing to splash out $282 on average for the chance to tuck into a memorable gastronomic experience.

That compares to $170 for older diners aged 45-54 and $122 for those aged 65 and older, a demographic that also tends to have children to support, mortgages to pay and tighter retirement incomes.

The kind of meal that Americans said they would be most inclined to splurge on, meanwhile, is steakhouse cuisine, taking a quarter of the vote, followed by Italian. Tied for third choice are Mexican, American, and Continental.

Saks Fifth Avenue

L’Avenue in Paris Coming to Saks Fifth Avenue Flagship

Saks Fifth Avenue

Jean-Louis Costes, responsible for the establishment of a vast network of renowned restaurants in Paris, has just partnered with department store Saks Fifth Avenue to bring the flair and experience of L’Avenue to New York’s mythical Fifth Avenue.

The historical high-end department store is about to embark on a vast renovation campaign that will begin at the end of the year.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE TO OPEN SHOES-ONLY STORE

New Yorkers should discover a brand new Saks Fifth Avenue as early as mid-2018. The department store plans on assembling trends and tendencies from all over the world, including those in food and taste.

To offer a small part of Paris to its customers, the label is bringing Parisian legend L’Avenue and its gourmet expertise to their flagship store.

In the French capital, the restaurant is located in the heart of the fashion district on Avenue Montaigne, and lucky customers dine on balconies overlooking the Champs-Elysees. Tourists flock to the address, hoping to experience glamorous Parisian life over the course of a meal. The hot spot is also a regular hangout for a number of celebrities. The cuisine is traditional French though many clients frequent the site for its bar.

The Costes family (Jean-Louis, Gilbert and Thierry) has built their fortune in restaurants and hotels. The Beaumarly group owns a number of esteemed addresses like Café Beaubourg, the hotel and brasserie Thoumieux and Castel restaurant and night spot.

Avenue restaurant

Le Cheval Blanc restaurant Basel

Switzerland gets new three-starred restaurant

Le Cheval Blanc restaurant Basel

Michelin inspectors have given Switzerland a new three-starred restaurant, bestowing their highest honor on Le Cheval Blanc in Basel.

Located in the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, the restaurant helmed by chef Peter Knogl was given its third star in the 2016 edition of the Michelin Guide to Switzerland.

“From a classic basis, Peter Knogl has developed a real personality that is brilliantly reflected in his cuisine,” said Michelin’s international director Michael Ellis in a statement. “His refined, gourmet dishes have subtle aromas that offer a burst of flavor and a unique richness. A meal at Le Cheval Blanc is a unique experience, worth the trip.”

Cheval Blanc restaurant Basel

Thirteen new restaurants were also awarded their first star in the latest guide. In total, Switzerland now has three triple-Michelin-starred restaurants; 18 two-star restaurants, and 95 one-star restaurants.

The guide also expanded the Bib Gourmand section — good value eats — to 119, up 18 from last year.

The 2016 Michelin Guide Switzerland goes on sale Oct. 8.

The Jane Antwerp

The most beautiful restaurants and bars of 2015

The Jane Antwerp

A restaurant converted from a church into a temple of high gastronomy in Antwerp has been named the most beautiful dining destination for 2015.

Food lovers who likewise appreciate good design may want to bookmark The Jane restaurant in Belgium, after it was named the Best Overall Restaurant at the seventh edition of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London Thursday night.

The Jane church restaurant

Diners at The Jane will recognize its past as the chapel of a former military hospital in the architectural skeleton of the building, with its second-story balcony, soaring stained glass windows and towering dome.

But in place of pews, saints and crucifixes, the Dutch designers at Piet Boon hung an illuminating skull from the ceiling; inserted window panes featuring plates of drumsticks, hardboiled eggs and smiling sunflowers; and replaced uncomfortable wood benches with leather sofas and chaises.

bar space at The Jane

And where once priests worshipped upon the altar, chef Sergio Herman — who helmed the now shuttered, triple Michelin-starred restaurant Oud Sluis in the Netherlands — cooks in a glass-enclosed kitchen.

Other big winners at the RBDA include Australia’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. for Best International Bar, and the Tom Dixon-designed Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel in London, which won the title of Best Overall Bar with its green marble bar and flamingo pink, leather banquettes.

The Jane restaurant

Less than a year after opening, head bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana also snagged the title of International Bartender of the Year for his botanics-inspired concoctions at the industry event Tales of the Cocktail.

At the seventh edition of the awards, a panel of judges made up of chefs, hoteliers, designers, editors and general tastemakers looked at more than 860 submissions from 70 countries.

Dandelyan at The Mondrian

Recognizable names include Marcus Wareing, Yannick Alleno and Martin Kemp, among dozens of others.

Food and beverage spaces eligible for consideration include ships, airports, museums, food trucks, pop-ups and traditional dining establishments.

Dandelyan at The Mondrian London

Here are the international category winners:

Australia and Pacific restaurant: ACME, Sydney
Australia and Pacific bar: Archie Rose Distilling Co., Sydney
Middle East and Africa restaurant: Geales, UAE
Middle East and Africa bar: Tasting Room, Tel Aviv, Israel
Americas bar: Her Majesty’s Pleasure, Toronto, Canada
Americas restaurant: Hueso, Guadalajara, Mexico
Europe bar: Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Europe restaurant: The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium
Asia restaurant: Raw, Taiwan
Asia bar: Toranomon Hop, Tokyo

Archie Rose Distilling Co

Grant Achatz and Mike Bagale

Grant Achatz to open Alinea pop-up restaurant in Madrid

Grant Achatz and Mike Bagale

Grant Achatz has become the latest top chef to embark on a culinary world tour, with plans to take his triple Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea to the foodie elite in Madrid.

The move is scheduled to take place next January and will involve flying out his entire team to the Spanish capital for a temporary pop-up.

For now, details are sparse. Achatz will close Alinea in January 2016, and open a pop-up restaurant for five weeks.

While Achatz cooks in Madrid next year, the shuttered Alinea restaurant is set to undergo a major transformation.

Alinea restaurant

In an interview with Fine Dining Lovers, Achatz dropped hints on his vision for the new Alinea, which includes everything from complementary scents, music, light projections as well as mobile dining, where guests move from one room to another to proceed to the next course.

“We don’t want to become a museum of ourselves […] The guiding philosophy of this restaurant since day one has been ‘keep it going.'”

More details on the Alinea pop-up in Madrid will be released October 13.

enclume restaurant

The best restaurant in the UK is in Cumbria

enclume restaurant

In the UK, since 1951, the “Good Food Guide” has been the go-to for epicureans looking for the best culinary addresses.

This year, for the third time in a row, the guide’s experts have unanimously judged L’Enclume, in northwest England’s Cumbria county, to be the top culinary destination in the UK.

The legendary guide’s inspectors were all blown away by what Chef Simon Rogan is serving at his restaurant in the village of Cartmel.

The chef draws inspiration from the produce in his garden to serve organic cuisine in his bucolic restaurant. The building that houses the restaurant is made of stone, a perfect representation of the traditional British countryside, and has a 5-hectare farm behind it.

Simon Rogan at Claridge's

Simon Rogan (pictured above) is one of the country’s most lauded chefs, and his other address, located in London, took the 12th spot on the rankings. That restaurant is called Fera at Claridge’s.

Gordon Ramsay in second place

Food television mainstay Gordon Ramsay is also on the podium, proving that his TV career hasn’t diminished his ability to please the critics. The Scottish chef has taken silver with his eponymous London restaurant, moving up one spot from last year.

Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck did not make the list this year.

However, this is due to the fact that the culinary heavyweight’s restaurant, located in Bray, in Berkshire, was closed for renovations during the guide inspectors’ tour. The famed address should reopen in September.

The “Good Food Guide” this year also includes staples such as Gavroche (13th), in London’s Mayfair neighborhood, where French chef Michel Roux has already been granted two stars by Michelin.

His son, Alain Roux, is responsible for The Waterside Inn, also located in Bray, which in 2010 became the first restaurant outside of France to retain three Michelin stars for 25 years and is a regular in the “Good Food Guide” rankings (22nd in 2016 and 23rd last year).

The complete rankings list the 50 best restaurants in the UK.

More than 1,200 comments accompany the addresses detailed in the guide, which is already available for pre-order.

1 L’Enclume, Cumbria (10)
2 Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London (10)
3 Pollen Street Social, London (9)
4 Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Cornwall (9)
5 Hibiscus, London (9)
6 Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottinghamshire (9)
7 Midsummer House, Cambridgeshire (8)
8 The Ledbury, London (8)
9 Fraiche, Merseyside (8)
10 Le Champignon Sauvage, Gloucestershire (8)
11 The Square, London (8)
12 Fera at Claridges, London (8)
13 Le Gavroche, London (8)
14 Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Tayside (8)
15 Marcus, London (8)
16 Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire (8)
17 The French, Manchester (8)
18 André Garrett at Cliveden, Berkshire (8)
19 Whatley Manor, The Dining Room, Wiltshire (8)
20 The Kitchin, Edinburgh (7)
21 Bohemia, Jersey (7)
22 The Waterside Inn, Berkshire (7)
23 Artichoke, Buckinghamshire (7)
24 Restaurant James Sommerin, Glamorgan (7)
25 Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London (7)
26 Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (7)
27 Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Cornwall (7)
28 Casamia, Bristol (7)
29 Adam’s, Birmingham (7)
30 Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh (7)
31 Pied à Terre, London (7)
32 Restaurant Story, London (7)
33 Murano, London (7)
34 Ynyshir Hall, Powys (7)
35 Sketch, London (7)
36 Llangoed Hall, Powys (7)
37 Hedone, London (7)
38 Hambleton Hall, Rutland (7)
39 The Peat Inn, Fife (7)
40 Gidleigh Park, Devon (7)
41 Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire (7)
42 Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire (7)
43 The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire (6)
44 Yorke Arms, Ramsgill, Yorkshire (6)
45 The Dairy, London (6)
46 OX, Belfast (6)
47 The Raby Hunt, Durham (6)
48 Lake Road Kitchen, Cumbria (6)
49 The Sportsman, Kent (6)
50 Northcote, Lancashire (6)

Groupon To Go

Groupon launches own food delivery service

Groupon To Go

Just a month after acquiring the food delivery business OrderUp, Groupon has unveiled Groupon To Go its new US delivery and takeout service.

Starting out in Chicago, where it has since March been pilot testing with 500 restaurants, Groupon says the service is ready to expand to other areas, with Boston and Austin next in line.

Groupon To Go stands out from the crowded market of on-demand food delivery services by promising a discount of up to 10% on every order.

Groupon is a global e-commerce marketplace, offering subscribers discounts on dining, travel and goods and services.

Noma my Perfect Storm

The world’s best restaurant, now on the cinema menu

Noma my Perfect Storm

Following the fortunes of multi-award winning restaurant , the culinary documentary “Noma My Perfect Storm” is closing in on international distribution.

With Japan already in the bag, the three-year profile of René Redzepi’s two Michelin-starred restaurant has also been secured for show in South Korea, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, according to Variety.

The Copenhagen eatery has had a first place ranking on the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant list four times this decade — in 2010, 2011, 2012, and again in 2014 — one behind the record held by elBulli.

“Noma My Perfect Storm” had been previously announced for a February 2016 premiere, with its debut trailer expected late summer or fall.

1921 gucci menu

Gucci Restaurant Opens in Shanghai

1921 gucci menu

Gucci recently opened its first full-service restaurant in Shanghai, China.

With this new culinary destination, called the “1921 Gucci Café,” Gucci is paying tribute to its history, referencing the year of the label’s foundation.

Gucci has chosen one of Shanghai’s most popular commercial avenues for its first restaurant. Located on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the 1921 Gucci Café took two years to complete and is accessible by means of an elevator from the Gucci store in the mall.

Epicureans will step into a décor that perfectly reflects the iconic brand’s style. With elegantly done-up interiors in gold shades and full of velvet, every inch of the place radiates Gucci style; the 1921 Gucci logo is stamped on everything from menus to cutlery to napkins.

Thousands of miles from its native land, Gucci is nonetheless sticking to its roots when it comes to the food. The menu is high on Italian cuisine but the restaurant offers a wide range of options to satiate foodie cravings.

Chinese gourmands will thus have the chance to experience authentic bruschetta, made with marinated tomatoes, garlic and basil.

The pasta options are an obvious highlight, especially the spaghetti with mussels, urchins and calamari. Prices start at 150 yuan for a two-course lunch, 300 yuan at dinner (just under $50).

Although 1921 Gucci Café is the brand’s first full-service restaurant, there is a Gucci-themed cafe in Florence attached to the Gucci museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate the label’s 90th anniversary. 

Gucci Museo Caffe Restaurant

reserved

Donate to charity and skip the wait in restaurants

reserved

A new app, available in the US for now, allows diners to skip to the front of the line for immediate seating in exchange for a charitable donation.

Any chance to support a charitable cause is welcome and in the States, restaurants aren’t hiding their support for one of the latest, at least not those that have signed up for “Charity Wait,” a new app bringing together the useful and the enjoyable.

In order to be seated immediately diners can grab their smartphones and make a donation. How does it work exactly?

As soon as a party arrives, if there is a wait at the restaurant, they will be added to the list on the Smartline app. CharityWait then sends a text to the party’s smartphone with an estimate wait time, how many groups are ahead of them, and a prompt to “Donate and Skip the Wait.” When they select the donate option, guests are taken to a checkout page and once it is completed they skip to the front of the line for the next available table.

CharityWait

The size of the donation is dependent on the size of the party, the length of the wait and the prices at the restaurant but mostly vary between $10 and $35. Sixty percent of the proceeds are donated to the charity of the restaurant’s choice, and the remaining 40% are reserved for Smartline.

Since launching in April, only 10 restaurants are using the app so far but the company’s chief executive, Daniel Reitman, says Charity Wait has already raised “a few thousand dollars” and that there are many other restaurants signed up and ready to join the cause.

50 Best Restaurants List 2015

World’s 50 Best Restaurants to move to New York

50 Best Restaurants List 2015

For the first time since its creation, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants will hold its next gala event in New York next year.

As part of its strategy to become more international, organizers of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards have announced plans to move the annual gala event from its birthplace of London to New York in 2016.

Since 2002, the event has gathered a constellation of some of the top chefs from around the world to the British capital, to hear which chef and restaurant will be named the best in the world.

restaurant 356

Porsche opens new restaurant in Atlanta

restaurant 356

Porsche Cars North America Inc. has officially opened the doors to its new fine dining “Restaurant 356” in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Restaurant 356” is located within the company’s new $100 million Porsche Experience Center, offering panoramic views of their driver development track and the runway of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

chef Kyle Forson

Heading up the cuisine at Restaurant 356 is chef Kyle Forson, the former executive sous chef at The Spence.

Dishes at the new restaurant will showcase world cuisine using local seasonal ingredients and will include a wide selection of wines from various regions around the world.

Porsche restaurant 356

“I want guests to enjoy food that enhances the Porsche experience and fuses it with a sense of place,” said Chef Forson in a statement.

More information is available on their website.

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New restaurant at hotel George V to open in mid-October

four seasons paris hotel ballroom

A new restaurant at the iconic George V hotel in Paris is set to open its doors in mid-October, according to Atabula.com.

Under the tutelage of Marco Garfagnini, Le George will take a lighter, more modern look at traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with plenty of fish and vegetable dishes. The restaurant plans to focus on “healthy” cuisine, with a focus on fresh and light foods, to create a mix of northern Italian and southern French specialities.

The innovative restaurant will round out the gastronomic offerings at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, which first opened its doors in 1928.

The luxury hotel already counts Le Cinq, run by chef Christian Le Squer and offering classic French dishes, and La Galerie’s elegant lunch and dinner spot.

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Sao Paulo Bans Foie Gras in Restaurants

foie gras cru

Sao Paulo has become the latest destination to deem foie gras unethical, last week passing a new law banning its sale and production — and renewing worldwide debate on the controversial duck and goose liver.

While Britain, Germany, Italy and Argentina have banned the production of the French delicacy, city officials in Sao Paulo have gone a step further, forbidding its sale and, effectively, its consumption.

And in keeping with history, the move is being declared both a victory for animal-rights activists, and a violation of democratic rights by chefs.

Renowned Sao Paulo chef Alex Atala of D.O.M. was outspoken about the initiative, calling the move absurd.

Alex Atala

“How can a city regulate what a person eats? Where will it all end?” he said in an interview with news site UOL. “Gastronomy is good for tourism and instead of restricting it, they should promote it.”

It’s a similar sentiment echoed when California lawmakers implemented a statewide ban on the delicacy in 2012, only to see it overturned earlier this year.

When the law came into force, high-profile chefs like Thomas Keller, Tyler Florence and Ludo Lefebvre decried the move as misguided and pointed that a ban would create an illegal black market for the delicacy.

Instead they proposed enforcing new legislation for the humane treatment of foie gras production. The law was overturned earlier in January.

Foie gras is produced by force-feeding duck and geese to fatten up their livers. Restaurants have 45 days to take the luxury item off their menus.

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches 100% Green Evenings

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches a first in the world of Parisian palace hotels by hosting a series of “100% Green Dinners”.

On the first Thursday of each month, La Bauhinia will present a special five-course vegetable-focused menu and invite one of the hotel’s exceptional French market purveyors to meet with diners.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris Executive Chef Christophe Moret has been cultivating his nature-driven cuisine since his arrival in January 2015.

As the grandson of a market gardener, it was natural for him to imagine a “Rooted in Nature” menu that placed vegetables at the forefront without sacrificing taste and pleasure.

Guided by values that are dear to his heart – freshness, local, transparent, and ethical – the chef will create each Thursday a different green menu full of vibrant and complex flavours such as Tomato Bloody Mary and Spring Rolls made from watermelon stuffed with soup herbs; Kasha and Green Vegetables En Cocotte with almond milk; Turnips and Red Beetroots roasted in a wood-burning oven and Tofu Ravioli with borsch vinaigrette; Strawberries scented with Sangria, and coconut and lime sorbet.

To accompany this unique menu, Head Sommelier Cédric Maupoint has chosen wines produced through biodynamic agriculture, specific teas, coffees and non-roasted cocoa beans, all hand-picked and distributed through fair-trade channels.

To further enhance the evening, La Bauhinia will be transformed by a nature-inspired decor and a DJ will create a celebratory atmosphere.

Green Dinners at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will be served every first Thursday of the month. A five-course menu is priced at €68.

Upcoming dates are Thursday, 9 July, and then the first Thursday of each month from September to December.

I love Paris restaurant

Paris airport joins European push to gourmet eateries

I love Paris restaurant

Airports aren’t usually reputed as culinary destinations in themselves.

But Paris’s hub Charles de Gaulle has become the latest in Europe to try to change that with an upmarket eatery called “I Love Paris”.

The restaurant opened last week in Terminal 2E and is accessible only to passengers carrying tickets for Asia or the United States, is aiming high.

A three-star French chef, Guy Martin, has masterminded the menu while a Paris-based architecture star, India Mahdavi, has designed the decoration.

“The aim is to try to make a Chinese traveller prefer to stop over in Paris rather than Heathrow or Dubai,” said Laure Baume, deputy director of the Aeroports de Paris airport agency.

In a nod to the varied palates of those eating in the I Love Paris restaurant, with its view of the runways, there is a range of fare to munch on, from classic French dishes such as a blanquette de veau (veal ragout), to hamburgers, as well as tapas, lobster, and vegetarian offerings.

The cheapest menu combination is at 30 euros ($33).

Joan Josep and Jordi Roca

And, the world’s best restaurant of 2015 is…

Joan Josep and Jordi Roca

Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca was named the world’s top eatery by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in London on Monday.

Run by brothers Joan, Jordi, and Josep Roca, El Celler previously won the award in 2013.

“Curiosity and creativity propel the Rocas back to the top,” the awards said on its website, praising the Rocas’ expertise in “both the traditional and the avant-garde”. “This is a restaurant that has never forgotten its humble roots, its sense of familial warmth, or the need to serve remarkably delicious dishes and outstanding wines,” the statement read.

The Roca brothers knocked Danish four-time winner Noma down to third place, with Italy’s Osteria Francescana taking the second spot.

El Celler, located in Girona, uses ingredients typical of its native region of Catalonia, paired with wines and sherries from the Iberian peninsula.

The awards, run by trade magazine Restaurant, began in 2002 and have become a reference for the world’s foodies.

Its jury is made up of 972 “independent experts” including food writers, chefs, restaurant owners and gourmets.

The awards were hit by allegations this year of cosy deals between restaurants and jury members.

Daniel Boulud

Chef Daniel Boulud receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Daniel Boulud

Michelin-starred French chef Daniel Boulud has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by organizers of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for his contributions to gastronomy.

The Frenchman is the 10th chef to receive the award, and the sixth chef from France to be given the title.

For more than 20 years, Boulud has boasted bragging rights to operating one of the most popular dining hotspots in New York, Daniel, a Manhattan institution that serves haute French gastronomy.

Over the years, Boulud has parlayed his New York success into building a small restaurant empire, exporting French cuisine to bistros, cafes, brasseries and bars across the US, Canada, London and Singapore.

“For more than three decades now he has been at the forefront of modernizing and even internationalizing French cuisine: his menus informed but unconstrained by tradition, often featuring elegant, pared down reinterpretations of classics incorporating lighter sauces and delicate flavours,” editors write.

Boulud was born on a farm outside Lyon, the heartland of French gastronomy. Boulud began apprenticing in kitchens as a teenager and worked his way up under the mentorship of some of the greatest French chefs of the 1970s (Roger Vergé, Georges Blanc and Michel Guérard) before wending his way to New York in 1982.

And, the ambitious Frenchman rose to the top echelons of New York food society with his technically exquisite and elegant cuisine, enabling him to open Daniel in 1993.

“To me this award is maybe my mid-life achievement award,” he said in a video acceptance speech.

“Because I have a lot more to prove in this world of cooking. I think we are in the most beautiful industries where there’s so much passion, so much dedication and so much reward for everyone.”

Boulud will be presented with the lifetime achievement award June 1 in London, when the World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be announced.

An inside peek at Daniel, in Manhattan

Daniel Manhattan

Potato-wrapped sea bass from Daniel

Potato-wrapped sea bass from Daniel

A signature dish from Daniel

A signature dish from Daniel

A sea bass dish from Daniel

A sea bass dish from Daniel

A signature dish from Daniel

A signature dish from Daniel

facebook critic reviews

Facebook to list restaurant reviews

facebook critic reviews

The world’s largest social network is testing a new feature that would bring up critics’ reviews alongside ‘likes’ when searching for somewhere to eat

The reviews are currently cropping up for selected establishments in New York and in California and were first spotted by Engadget.

If they strike a chord with users, expect the feature to roll out to more cities, and more countries in the coming months.