Gaggenau & The World Restaurant Awards
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Palais Brongniart Paris 18.2.2019

A new level of excellence is born

The first World Restaurant Awards in Paris, showcases culinary excellence as well as ethics, heritage, diversity and originality. This annual Award complements our own ethos: a commitment to heritage crafts, rare breeds and those helping to preserve them.

As a proud partner to this red-carpet event and with our Market Plaza installation at the venue, we are a big part of the Awards.

“The inaugural World Restaurant Awards has honoured those who contribute only the best to our international culinary landscape, a principle which Gaggenau also follows. We congratulate the winners of each category and also those who were included on both the long list and short list. We look forward to developing our partnership with The World Restaurant Awards in 2019 and beyond.”

Karsten Ottenberg, Gaggenau Partner Advisor

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The event of the year

This gala evening of celebration, the international restaurant scene’s equivalent to the Oscars, marks the beginning of a new benchmark in gastronomy. Guests enjoy an evening discovering new culinary geniuses and savouring exceptional cuisine created upon our induction cooktops accompanied by fine wine and champagne, within the opulent surroundings of the Palais Brongniart. Awards and magnums of Champagne were bestowed on stage, in front of our wine climate cabinets.

Judges have made their decisions: restaurants, pop-ups, chefs, suppliers, novices and the industry as a whole, have had their futures changed.

The Market Plaza

Our Market Plaza installation at the Awards launches Respected by Gaggenau. This is our tribute to those behind the scenes, who provide the exceptional ingredients that great chefs rely upon. We look forward to supporting the producers and artisans growing heritage grains, keeping rare breeds and retaining the methods that yield the best quality.

Explore Respected by Gaggenau

Gaggenau’s Market Plaza installation within the Palais Brongniart
Produce of Eric Roy, Maraîcher to the stars of the culinary world
New and established citrus varieties, created by Perrine et Etienne of Les Agrumes Baches

Big names, new names

As the original Awards with an equal split of female to male judges, the categories were destined to be more reflective of today’s restaurant goer’s interests and expectations. A more open-minded appetite for both fine and humble cuisine as well as embracing the modern Instagram pages and the enduring trolley services of restaurants.

Yotam Otteolenghi, Ana Ros, Esben Bang, May Chow and Daniel Humm are just a few of the big names judging both the established giants and new pop ups. 18 categories encapsulate the culinary world of today with everything from the ‘House Special’, the restaurant’s one defining dish, to the more light-hearted ‘Tweezer-Free Kitchen’ where appearance takes a back seat to taste.

The winners

A glamorous evening in Paris, a new benchmark of culinary achievement, geniuses revealed and the next generation inspired: The World Restaurant Awards 2019 has delivered on its promise to shake things up. Wolfgat, a South African unknown, won the Restaurant of the year, Inua in Japan, Vespertine in LA, journalist Lisa Abend, Bo.Lan and Alain Ducasse were the big winners of the night. For the full list of the new names of note, please visit the World Restaurant Awards.

The World Resturant Awards

First of the 600 guests arrive at the Palais Brongniart
Red carpet entrance to the Palais Brongniart
The event compere, Antoine de Caunes
Alain Ducasse accepts his award from Matty Matheson
The Market Plaza, on the edge of the black forest
The winners are interviewed by the world's press
The party continues into the evening courtesy of Hot Chip
Sven Schnee, Gaggenau’s Head of Global Brand, in conversation with Lena Terlutter
Guests savouring the delicacies