The Global Gastronomy Awards 2017
Over the past decade, the Global Gastronomy Award has honored some of the
world’s most celebrated and forward-thinking chefs, from Ferran Adrià (Catalonia) in
2007, to Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico City) in 2017. Each of the award winners not
only excels in culinary arts but has also pioneered initiatives that reach far beyond
the plate, adding to the groundwork of a resilient global gastronomy.
The Global Gastronomy Award 2017
The Global Gastronomy Award 2017 laureate, Enrique Olvera, has redefined
Mexican classics, brought the rich spectrum of regional fare into the limelight and
narrowed the gap between fine dining and street food. To quote Ferran Adrià: “There
is a before and after Olvera in Mexican cuisine”.
The 2017 Global Gastronomy Awards took place on September 25 th in New York
City, the hometown of 2016 laureate Dan Barber. Having staged the ceremony in
Stockholm for the past ten years, the event will from now on move to the home base
of the previous year’s winner, which makes Mexico City next year’s host city.
The inaugural Pre-plate and Post-plate awards
This year, two new awards were introduced to recognize sustainability efforts at
every step in the food chain: a pre-plate award that focuses on sourcing initiatives,
and a post-plate award that honors efforts to reduce waste and other by-products of
food consumption, especially within the hospitality sector.
The Global Gastronomy Pre-plate Award 2017
Chinampas revival, Yolcan/ Lucio Usobiaga – Mexico
For leading the revival of ancient Aztec agriculture in Mexico City’s unique, man-
made chinampas archipelago; for bringing its rich flavors and nourishing, organic
produce to the capital’s tables; for improving the region’s food sovereignty; and for
supporting the local farming community.
The Global Gastronomy Post-plate Award 2017
Food for Soul /Lara Gilmore, Massimo Bottura, Cristina Reni – Italy and worldwide
For their passionate work to destigmatize “the soup kitchen” by launching well-
designed community canteens that serve–with dignity and respect–delicious meals,
based on surplus food, to those in need; and for engaging chefs, artists, volunteers
and communities at large in this initiative.
Initiatives that impact the future of food: “sustainability-forward”
To further highlight the power of food in driving change, including efforts to fight
global warming, 12fwd.com will report on initiatives around the world that have the
potential to contribute to a smarter food system: sustainable––and palatable. At our
awards ceremony in New York, we recognized twelve projects that may impact the
future of food by addressing some of the key challenges and many promising
opportunities in the food sector. It includes science projects, rethinking food on a
macro as well as a micro––even nano––level, agro-archaeology and hi-tech urban
farming. These initiatives will be featured more in-depth during the comings months,
and new initiatives will be highlighted.