The World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches Bid for Recovery Auction

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The auction, featuring unique experiences with some of the best chefs in the world, will help to raise funds for the global hospitality sector

Launching on 3 July, the 50 Best Bid for Recovery auction is a central part of the larger initiative launched by the organisation to aid restaurants around the world, struggling to get back on their feet after the Covid-19 crisis.

The auction will feature over 100 lots and feature some unique experiences, including:

  • A day with Mauro Colagreco at Mirazur, currently ranked the world’s best restaurant, including a chance to meet the suppliers who work with the Menton, France, restaurant and lunch with the chef.
  • A four-day experience in Singapore, including accommodation at Marina Sands Bay and meals at Odette – twice named Asia’s best restaurant – and Burnt Ends, as well as drinks at Atlas.
  • A three-day Peruvian food safari with Virgilio Martinez and Pia Kjolle. This lot includes dinner at Central and Kjolle in Lima before guests head to Cusco where Martinez’s Mater Iniciativa project will be the setting for a trip through the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu.

Other auction lots feature experiences across the world, from a day fishing and feasting with Florilege in Tokyo to an overnight trip to Slovenia where Ana Ros, chef of Hisa Franko, will lead an exploration of the Soca Valley.

An indication of solidarity

“It is heartwarming to see some of the most internationally established chefs and restaurants offering out-of-this-world experiences for the 50 Best ‘Bid for Recovery’ Auction,” says William Drew, director of content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurant.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from chefs, restaurant owners, bar owners, commercial partners and tourism boards offering truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to bidders as we aim to raise as much money as possible to support our industry and give back to the global restaurant sector.”

All proceeds of the Recovery Fund will be distributed to restaurants, bars and non-profit organisations supporting the sector in three ways:

  • Direct grants of up to $5,000. Restaurants and bars can apply for a grant to help get through the crisis.
  • Donations to a number of non-profit organisations that support restaurants and hospitality staff; and
  • Finally, 50 Best will join forces with Social Gastronomy Movement, a network of charitable organisations across 38 different countries, in its effort to provide one million meals to those in need.

Increasing the effort to raise funds for a good cause, 50 Best for Recovery has also published an e-cookbook, entitled Home Comforts: simple lockdown recipes from the world’s best chefs and bartenders. The book is available for a minimum $10/£8 donation.

“This is a clear indication of the solidarity of the global restaurant community,” adds Drew. “Now we ask all those who love restaurants and are blessed with sufficient resources to take part in the auction, and crucially, spread the word to like-minded foodies across the world.”

To view all the lots or purchase the e-cookbook, which is available now, please visit The auction opens on 3 July and runs until 12 July.

Tina Nielsen