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illycaffè with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 celebrated the event’s 20th anniversary in London

illycaffè with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 celebrated the event's 20th anniversary in London

July 20 - 2022

Coffee Geography Magazine


illycaffè renewed its partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a ranking that began in 2002 and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. The most eagerly awaited gastronomic events of the year was held this month which the awards ceremony took place on 18 July in the heart of London, the second in person event to be held after the successful ceremony held in Antwerp in 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event was put on hold in 2020. This caused 50 Best to pivot their strategy to a series of vital, digital fund-raising events for the hospitality sector, helping restaurants, bars, and non-profit organizations worldwide. 

The list of the 50 best restaurants reflected the votes cast by The World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group comprising 1,080 international restaurant experts from throughout the globe. For each region, the panel was made up of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs, and food lovers, each of whom has 10 votes at their disposal. The ranking is thus an authoritative guide to current food and wine trends and to the best destinations worldwide for the finest haute cuisine experiences.

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“We are proud to renew our partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 and to celebrate with them the event's 20th anniversary, continuing to support the high-end restaurant industry as it strives to return to normal after the challenges posed by the pandemic” said Cristina Scocchia, CEO of illycaffè. “illy's constant commitment to obtaining the best high-quality sustainable coffee that nature can produce, and its vocation towards excellence and innovation in the world of coffee have always made it a natural match for working with the world's best chefs”.

The 100% Arabica illy blend was used as the exclusive coffee partner in all the official events that was held in London between July 16 and 18, including #50BestTalks, which this year explored the art of hospitality under the evocative title "Bring the Magic!", the Chefs’ Feast, and the main event: 

 William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said before the commencement of the program “We cannot wait to welcome the global gastronomic community to London and announce The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022. We look forward to what will be an exciting celebration and are delighted to partner with illycaffè on this historic occasion, marking the 20th year of the awards.”

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

A new version of the Personal Blender was showcased during the event, a faster and more compact version of the machine patented by illy featured in the Coffee Cluster at the 2015 Milan Expo and designed specifically to be used during events worldwide. With the support of the University of Coffee, the chefs in attendance were able to combine the 9 varieties comprising the unique illy 100% Arabica blend in various quantities and proportions, to create their own personal blend, reflecting their tastes in terms of flavor, aroma, and body. 

 illycaffè is an Italian family-owned company, founded in Trieste in 1933. Illycaffè produces a unique 100% Arabica blend, combining 9 of the best varieties in the world, selected by illycaffè: every day 8 million cups of illy coffee are served in over 140 countries around the globe, in the cafés, restaurants and hotels, in single-brand cafés and shops and private homes.