In the run up to the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants ceremony to be held live from Bilbao, Spain, on June 19th 2018, the WINNER of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 has now been announced as Gastón Acurio:

Gaston Acurio

Gastón Acurio is a chef, writer, business man and Peruvian cuisine ambassador.

50 year old Acurio began his career as a chef in 1989 in Madrid, after he abandoned a law degree to go to cooking school. A few years later, he moved to Paris to continue his training at Le Cordon Bleu, and there met his future wife, German-born pastry chef Astrid Gutsche. Together they inaugurated Astrid & Gastón in Lima in 1994 and since then Acurio has opened 34 restaurants in 11 worldwide countries dedicated to the different specialities of the Peruvian Cuisine.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Diners Club ®, and is part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are: 

2017 – Heston Blumenthal

2016 – Alain Passard

2015 – Daniel Boulud

2014 – Fergus Henderson

2013 – Alain Ducasse

2012 – Thomas Keller

2011 – Juan Mari Arzak

2010 – Eckhart Witzigmann

2009 – Joël Robuchon

2008 – Gualtiero Marchesi

2007 – Alice Waters

2006 – Albert Roux and Michel Roux

2005 – Paul Bocuse

 

Other Individual Awards are being announced in advance such as:

World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018

Next up:

One to Watch Award 2018