Alain Ducasse is the winner of the Diners Club International Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.
During his thirty-year gastronomic career the renowned French chef has raised the culinary standard of excellence with his passion and professionalism and become an international source of inspiration. After being awarded three Michelin stars at just 33 years of age for his work at the Louis XV in Monaco, Alain Ducasse went on to open more than twenty restaurants, and become one of the world’s most highly recognised chefs as well as the first chef to earn three Michelin stars at restaurants in three different cities.
The winner of the prestigious award is decided every year by the votes cast by 936 international experts from the Diners Club World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy. Previous winners include Thomas Keller, Juan Mari Arzak, Joël Robuchon, Gualtiero Marchesi and Paul Bocuse, to name but a few.
Nadia Santini has been named the 2013 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.
The chef of the Dal Pescatore restaurant in Mantua, Italy, became the first female chef in Italy to earn three Michelin stars in 1996.
The award celebrates the work of an exceptional female chef whose cooking excites the toughest of critics.
Nadia Santini began learning her craft from her husband’s mother and grandmother in 1974, and has since transformed Mantua’s Dal Pescatore and lifted the restaurant to the highest of heights.
Although an innovator, the values instilled in her by these two women are still very much an integral part of her cuisine.
The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award is inspired by the legendary figure of Madame Clicquot who, more than 200 hundred years ago, set the standard for women in business. The winner reflects Madame Clicquot’s attributes of “innovation, creativity and determination.”
Both chefs will collect their awards at London's Guildhall on 29th April during the evening that celebrates The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.