Restaurants across the globe are shutting faster than they can reopen in the wake of the economic destruction that tore through the culinary world. Covid-19 has threatened to take away more than just delicious food — it is jeopardising livelihoods and the lifebloods for many cities.
With that in mind, the organisation behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be debuting “Bid for Recovery Auction” on July 3 for avid foodies and travellers to bid for experiences (called lots) with the world’s best chefs.
Some of them include food and wine masterclasses hosted by Chef Dominique Crenn in San Francisco, USA; and a four-day gastronomy tour of Singapore including dinners at Odette and Burnt Ends.
Best of all, you might just score yourself a full-day immersive gastronomic adventure with Mauro Colagreco, chef at The World’s Best Restaurant, Mirazur, in Menton, France. Guests will also taste dishes at Mirazur’s ‘creation kitchen’, meet the team and enjoy the full, newly developed tasting menu, before departing with a set of wine glasses and case of wine.
More than 100 incredible lots have been donated by restaurants and chefs featured on the recent World’s 50 Best Restaurant lists. Potential bidders will be able to view the full selection from June 29 onwards, with auction running from July 3 to 12.
The initiative does not only benefit food enthusiasts — the funds raised will be used as financial relief for restaurants worldwide as they emerge from the global pandemic as part of the 50 Best for Recovery programme. Moreover, independent restaurants and bars worldwide will be able to apply for a direct grant in July.
Additional donations will be directed to NGOs such as Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Reboot Relief Program and Black Urban Growers (US); Nosso Prato (Brazil); the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund (South Africa); Feed the Needy (India); and Horeca Next (Belgium).
Find out more about the auction here.