50 Next 2021: The global list of the young people shaping the future of gastronomy



The first edition of "50 Next", a list of the next generation of the people who shape the future of gastronomy, compiled by the organisation behind The World's 50 Best Restaurants and The World's 50 Best Bars, was unveiled today.


Designed to inspire, empower and connect the next generation of leaders, 50 Next celebrates people aged 35 and under from across the wider food and drink scene, from producers and educators to tech creators and activists. This year’s virtual announcement will be followed in 2022 with a live event in the region of Biscay, in the Basque Country of Spain, the official Host Destination Partner to 50 Next, once travel restrictions are eased.


A list but not a ranking, 50 Next specifically celebrates people, complementing the annual rankings of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Bars. It was formed through robust research and analysis by 50 Next and the internationally renowned Basque Culinary Center, following an overwhelming response to open calls for applications and nominations and a proactive scouting for candidates. At a time of much-needed global recovery, the initiative promotes positive, sustainable and visionary thinking.


The inaugural list aims to represent the diversity of the global gastronomic scene, featuring people from 34 different countries across six continents. Delving into the wider meaning of gastronomy, 50 Next is divided into seven industry-led categories: Gamechanging Producers; Tech Disruptors; Empowering Educators; Entrepreneurial Creatives; Science Innovators; Hospitality Pioneers (supported by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy) and Trailblazing Activists. Each category is unranked and comprises a broad spectrum of professions, with those on the list recognised for their overall contribution to the

gastronomic ecosystem, as well as their ongoing potential to drive significant positive change.


Next year, 50 Next will develop further with a live event programme in Bilbao, in the Biscay region of the Basque Country, to celebrate those on both the 2021 and 2022 lists, foment conversation and foster new relationships within the gastronomic community. This live programme will also feature representatives from the ‘Best of the Best’ group of restaurants that have previously been ranked No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants annual list.


50 Next: Class of 2021

Where the person’s country of origin differs from their country of residence, this is denoted in brackets.


Gamechanging Producers

- Manuel Choqque, 33 – Cusco, Peru

- Clara Diez, 29 – Madrid, Spain

- Marianne Eaves, 34 – Lexington, USA

- Mark Emil Hermansen, 35 – Copenhagen, Denmark

- Louise Mabulo, 22 – San Fernando, Philippines

- Josh Niland, 32 – Sydney, Australia

- Jennifer Rodriguez, 34 – Mesitas del Colegio, Colombia

- Gian Marco Viano, 34 – Carema, Italy

- Mikel Zapiain, 33 and Ion Zapiain, 30 – San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain


Tech Disruptors

- Katerina Axelsson, 29 – San Luis Obispo, USA (from Russia)

- Matias Muchnick, 32 – New York, USA (from Chile)

- Jonathan Ng, 30 – Singapore

- Solveiga Pakštaitė, 28 – London, UK (from Lithuania)

- Abby Rose, 33 – London, UK, and Chile

- Isaac Sesi, 28 – Kumasi, Ghana


Empowering Educators

- Mariana Aleixo, 33 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Cherrie Atilano, 35 – Makati City, Philippines

- Josh Gilbert, 29 – Gloucester, Australia

- Siddhi Karnani, 30 and Anurag Agarwal, 34 – Siliguri, India

- Ievgen Klopotenko, 34 – Kiev, Ukraine

- Dieuveil Malonga, 29 – Kigali, Rwanda (from Congo)

- Maureen Muketha, 25 – Nairobi, Kenya

- Edward Mukiibi, 34 – Mukono Town, Uganda

- Ted Rosner, 33 and Max Dubiel, 33 – London, UK (from UK and Germany,

respectively)


Entrepreneurial Creatives

- Ata Cengiz, 28 – Istanbul, Turkey

- Jon Gray, 35 – New York, USA

- Sana Javeri Kaori, 27 – Oakland, USA (from India)

- Adelaide Lala Tam, 27 – Rotterdam, Netherlands (from Hong Kong)

- Divya Mohan, 29 – Lund, Sweden (from India)

- Natsuko Shoji, 31 – Tokyo, Japan

- Thiago Vinícius De Paula Da Silva, 32 – São Paulo, Brazil


Science Innovators

- Maitane Alonso Monasterio, 20 – Sodupe, Basque Country, Spain

- Leah Bessa, 30 – Cape Town, South Africa

- Kisum Chan, 22 (from Hong Kong) and Lincoln Lee, 23 (from Malaysia) – London, UK

– and Zheyi Chia, 22, and Jonathan Ong, 24 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

- Marc Coloma, 29 – Barcelona, Spain

- Kiara Nirghin, 21 – Stanford, USA (from South Africa)

- Leo Wezelius, 23, Angelo Demeter, 28 and Fredrik Åkerman, 24 – Stockholm,

Sweden (from Sweden, Romania and Sweden, respectively)


Hospitality Pioneers, supported by S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy

- Jo Barrett, 32, and Matt Stone, 34 – Melbourne, Australia

- Ashtin Berry, 33 – Chicago, USA

- Douglas McMaster, 34 – London, UK

- Diego Prado, 35 – Copenhagen, Denmark (from Chile)

- Claudia Albertina Ruiz, 33 – San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

- Marsia Taha, 32 – La Paz, Bolivia (from Bulgaria)

- David Zilber, 35 – Copenhagen, Denmark (from Canada)


Trailblazing Activists

- Jamie Crummie, 29 and Lucie Basch, 29 – London, UK and New York, USA (from

London and Paris, respectively)

- Friederike Gaedke, 29 – Berlin, Germany

- Bibi La Luz Gonzalez, 33 – Guatemala City, Guatemala

- Matt Jozwiak, 33 – New York, USA

- Maya Terro, 34 – Beirut, Lebanon (born in Ukraine)

- Jhannel Tomlinson, 29 – Kingston, Jamaica