illycaffè is a partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary

Trieste, July 2022 – illycaffè, the global leader in high-quality sustainable coffee, is renewing 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 of the year is back! The awards ceremony will take 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 organisations worldwide. The list of the 50 best restaurants reflects 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 is 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.

“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 unmistakable 100% Arabica illy blend will star as the exclusive coffee partner in all the official events to be 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 at Old Billingsgate, London's historic fish market on the banks of the Thames, overlooking the Tower Bridge.

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “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.”

A new version of the Personal Blender will be 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. Thanks to the support of the University of Coffee, the chefs in attendance will be 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 flavour, aroma, and mouthfeel. This preview is to unravel the exciting potential of this extraordinary machine, which will be available exclusively to the chefs selected for the illy Chef Ambassador programme at the illy facilities in Trieste and Milan. So far, only a tiny number of chefs worldwide have created, in collaboration with illy, their own personal blend, to offer their guests a unique and exclusive experience to cap off the tasting menu in their restaurants.