This article was translated by John R. Bopp

It is no secret to our regular readers, or anyone who’s taken a tour of the blog, that we greatly admire the Basque Culinary World Prize.  This award, started by the Basque Government and the Basque Culinary Center seeks to, as their website explains, celebrates “a chef of any nationality who demonstrates how gastronomy can have a positive impact in fields such as culinary innovation, health, nutrition, education, the environment, the food industry, social or economic development, among others.

We were seduced from the very beginning, not only thanks to the perfect formula with which it was created, but also for its ability to become an international award of reference from the very start.  It wasn’t hard, since from their first ceremony in 2016, the media have been calling it the “Nobel of Gastronomy”.

This was all possible thanks to the extraordinary position of our nation as a global culinary role model.  Our food culture, based on the ancient traditions of the working classes, has been able to adapt to the “great kitchens”, the elite level of gastronomy, all while maintaining a strong connection to its roots.

And now we know the ten finalists for this year’s awards, as we found not only on the official website, but also in reports found in media across the globe.

Basque Culinary World Prize – 6/2019 – Euskadi


Un premio para chefs con iniciativas transformadoras. Participa postulando a personajes que demuestren cómo la cocina puede constituir un motor de cambio

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Yahoo – 20/6/2019 – USA

These 10 Chefs Are the 2019 Finalists for the Basque Culinary World Prize

Between Michelin, The World’s 50 Best, and the James Beard Foundation, the culinary awards cycle runs around the clock—and more news broke today. The Basque Culinary World Prize, which recognizes “trailblazing chefs whose work has had an impact ‘beyond the kitchen,’” just announced its 2019 finalists, ten chefs from ten different countries. The award, in its fourth year, was created by the Basque Government under the Euskadi-Basque Country Strategy and the Basque Culinary Center. Over the course of three months, 230 nominations poured in from 42 different countries (150 chefs total were nominated), marking the largest participation to date.

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Food Service and Hospitality – 20/6/2019 – Great Britain

Top Ten Finalists for Basque Culinary World Prize Announced

The top-10 finalists for the Basque Culinary World Prize 2019 have been announced. Chefs representing 10 different countries were chosen from 150 culinarians for their impact inside and outside of the kitchen.

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African Shapers – 23/6/2019 – Bélgica

« Basque Culinary World Prize 2019 » : la cheffe ghanéenne Selassie Atadika parmi les 10 finalistes

La liste des dix chefs, originaires de dix pays différents, a été annoncée le jeudi 20 juin. Ce Prix mondial culinaire récompense les chefs pionniers dont le travail a eu un impact «au-delà de la cuisine».

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Philly Voice -20/6/2019 – Philippines

South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martínez is a finalist for the 2019 Basque Culinary World Prize

South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martínez cannot — and, as long as the tacos are still plentiful, should not — be stopped.

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The Caterer – 20/6/2019 – Great Britain

UK’s Doug McMaster among finalists for Basque Culinary World Prize

Silo chef Doug McMaster has been named one of 10 finalists from across the world in the running to win the international Basque Culinary World Prize 2019.

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Last Updated on Dec 20, 2020 by About Basque Country

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