London, 26th June 2023 – The World’s 50 Best Restaurants gala has placed Valencia front and centre. After months of intense work, the most important gastronomic event in the world has highlighted the exceptional quality and culinary talent that resides in Valencia, as well as the bright future that lies ahead. This is reflected by Quique Dacosta’s rise to 20th position and Ricard Camarena’s entry in the list from 51 to 100, announced a few weeks ago. The event made headlines in Forbes magazine, which described Valencia as a “culinary star in its own right”, and Fortune, which highlights the evolution of the city as a “gastronomic paradise“.
Over the last few days, Valencia has been cooking at the highest level. Prestigious chefs, critics, the media and professionals from the sector have recognised the qualitative leap that Valencian gastronomy has undergone in recent years: cuisine with its own identity, exceptional quality of local produce, as well as technique and creativity with its own name. The main protagonists have undoubtedly been chefs such as Luis Valls, Begoña Rodrigo, Vicky Sevilla, Bernd Knoller, María José Martínez, Carito Lourenço, Germán Carrizo, Vicky Sevilla, Kiko Moya, Alberto Ferruz, who, together with Quique Dacosta and Ricard Camarena, have made their restaurants shine during these days, exciting and surprising the world’s gastronomic elite.
Moreover, by hosting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants gala, Valencia has once again demonstrated its extraordinary capacity to host and organise major events, and to turn national and international events into memorable events. In fact, in recent years, the city has been the setting for events as important as the 36th edition of the Goya Awards or the gala of the Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2022, where 3 new stars were awarded to the city. It has also been recognised as World Design Capital and European Capital of Smart Tourism in 2022, and recently as European Green Capital 2024. Important milestones that project València as a smart, sustainable and cutting-edge city.