The Best Chef Awards revealed its top 100 chefs from around the world and Dubai-based Gregoire Berger is the sole permanent representative of the UAE.
Chef de cuisine at Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm, Berger also took home the Followers award, which is based on the opinion of social media users, for the second years running, sister publication Caterer Middle East revealed.
Berger came in at number 49 on the list, beating out renowned names like Gaston Acurio, Paul Pairet, and Dani Garcia.
Speaking about his win, Berger said: “I am so honoured to have won the Followers award for the second year running and to have been recognised by the public, media and my peers as a deserved winner of this prestigious accolade. To be considered as one of the top 50 chefs in the world and to be amongst so many talented professionals, whom I deeply admire, is a dream come true. It’s such a proud moment for both myself and the amazing team at Ossiano who continue to provide such exceptional experiences to our guests. At Ossiano the entire staff, from the kitchen to the restaurant floor, always strive to serve an extraordinary experience and we look forward to welcoming the world into Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm, to embark on an unforgettable culinary journey.”
Other names to make the list include chefs with UAE restaurants including Virgilio Martinez who has Lima Dubai, Massimo Bottura of Torno Subito, Pierre Gagnaire of Pierre’s Bistro & Bar, and Enrico Bartolini of Roberto’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but none are based in the country permanently.