illycaffè is a partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary. illycaffè, the world leader in high-quality sustainable coffee, renews its partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, a ranking that began in 2002 and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The most eagerly awaited gastronomic events are back! The awards ceremony will take place on July 18 in the heart of London, the second in-person event after the successful ceremony in Antwerp in 2021. Due to the pandemic, the event was suspended in 2020. This necessitated 50 Best to transform their strategy into a series of vital and digital Fundraising events for the hospitality sector helping restaurants, bars and non-profit organizations around the world. The list of the 50 Best Restaurants reflects the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group consisting of 1,080 international restaurant experts from around the world. For each region, the panel consists of journalists, food critics, chefs, restaurateurs and foodies who each have 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 best haute cuisine experiences.

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

The unmistakable 100% Arabica illy blend will shine as the exclusive coffee partner at all official events held in London between July 16 and 18, including #50BestTalks, which this year will explore the art of hospitality under the evocative title “Bring the Magic!”, the Chefs’ Feast, and the main event: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 awards ceremony, which will be held in Old Billingsgate, London’s historic fish market on the banks of the Thames, overlooking Tower Bridge.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says, “We can’t wait to welcome the global gastronomic community to London and announce The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We are looking forward to what will be an exciting celebration and are delighted to have illycaffè as a partner on these historic occasions, celebrating the 20th year of the awards.”

The event will showcase a new version of the Personal Blender, a faster and more compact version of the machine patented by illy, featured in the Coffee Cluster at the 2015 Milan Expo and specifically designed for use at events around the world. Thanks to the support of the University of Coffee, the attending chefs will be able to combine the nine varieties of the unique illy 100% Arabica blend in different quantities and proportions to create their own personal blend that reflects their tastes in terms of flavor, aroma and mouthfeel. This preview is designed to unravel the exciting potential of this extraordinary machine, which will be available exclusively to chefs selected for the illy Chef Ambassador program at the illy facilities in Trieste and Milan. Until now, only a small number of chefs worldwide have created, in collaboration with illy, their own personalized blend to offer their guests a unique and exclusive experience as the conclusion of the tasting menu of their restaurants.