This month saw the annual “World’s 50 Best Restaurant” event, which was held in Melbourne, Australia. The prestigious event drew a slew of top chefs representing their restaurants and countries. From a culinary maven out of New York to an haute Indian cuisine genius from Bangkok, we have listed the 6 top chefs of our favourites that you need to know.
Swiss-born Daniel Humm is the man behind Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York, which was crowned with first prize this year. Having worked in kitchens from the age of 14, Chef Humm was inspired by his mother who introduced him to food, ingredients and preparation in the kitchen.
Implementing the skills and wisdom he learned along the way, Daniel earned his first Michelin star in Switzerland at the age of 24. In 2006, Chef Humm was then hired as the Executive Chef at Eleven Madison Park before he and Will Guidara took over the ownership. For those who want to cook like a three-Michelin-star chef, Chef Daniel has also written three fantastic cookbooks.
Born and raised in Modena, Chef Massimo Bottura is famous for blending his Italian culture with his passion for art and music in his cooking. He is also known to experiment with multiple ingredients, which can be discovered at his acclaimed restaurant, Osteria Fracescana, in Italy.
The owner of this three-Michelin-star restaurant is known for his signature dishes such as the renowned Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano and The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna. Bottura also found a non-profit project to fight hunger and food waste Food for Soul.
Joan Roca is the eldest out of the three Rocas brothers, who own the critically acclaimed El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Catalonia, Spain. Chef Joan first showed interest after learning how to cook from his mother who used to take him to the market and then prepare the food in the kitchen.
Later, the Spanish chef enrolled into hospitality school in Girona and honed his skills in France along with receiving mentorships from famous chefs like Frédy Girardet, Joël Robuchon and Ferran Adrià. With that in hand, Joan and his two brothers established El Celler de Can Roca at the age of 22 and earned them the third spot on this year’s list.
Chef Gaggan Anand owns the progressive Indian restaurant Gaggan in Bangkok, which ranked seventh this year. Chef Gaggan is known to constantly transform his tasting menu, developing dishes that surprise. For example, diners at Gaggan are initially given a list of 25 emojis so that each dish comes as a surprise and create a unique dining experience.
Chef Gaggan has also revealed that he plans to open a new restaurant every year until 2020. The major drawback to his plans is that Chef Gaggan plans to close his restaurant in Bangkok and to relocate to Japan for a new joint venture.
André Chiang is a Taiwanese chef who owns an eponymous restaurant in Singapore that serves multicourse cuisine and which is dubbed Octaphilosophy—it is centred on eight elements of gastronomy. The French-trained chef previously worked at Michelin-star restaurants such as Pierre Gagnaire, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, L’Astrance and Le Jardin des Sens before opening his restaurant in Singapore. Not stopping there, Chef André co-owns two more restaurants in Singapore (Bincho and Burnt Ends), Taipei (Raw) and in Paris (Porte 12).
Hailing from rural North Taranaki in New Zealand, Chef Ben Shewry helms and owns Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. Chef Ben had dreamt about becoming a chef since he was five years old and he later attended culinary school in New Zealand and continued to work in several restaurants around the globe before heading back to Australia. In 2005, he began his job as a chef at Attica focusing on food based on his early experience in his hometown farms, which is reflected in the uniquely imaginative cuisine and splendid presentations the eatery serves.