The first ever World Restaurant Awards have just announced their list of nominees, and two Singapore establishments have been nominated for awards.
Restaurants Sungei Road Laksa and Burnt Ends have been named in a few award categories in the World Restaurant Awards. Sungei Road Laksa is currently up against 19 other nominees in the House Special category, meant for establishments defined by a particular dish. Burnt Ends has been nominated in two categories – “No Reservations Required” (meant for restaurants that accept walk-in diners) and “Tweezer-free Kitchen of the Year” (meant to recognize restaurants with a more “hands-on style of plating.)
Some of these award categories may seem different from traditionally recognised categories in other restaurant awards, but chairman of the judging panel, Andrea Petrini, says, "It's important to pay attention to the full scale of the world's great restaurants and chefs, but also to bring these awards into the 21st century by acknowledging the cultural nuances of today.”
“For example, the pivotal role social media plays in the restaurant industry and, with tongue in cheek, to subvert current fashion with the 'Small Plate' awards such as 'Red Wine Serving restaurant', 'Tattoo-free Chef of the Year', and 'Tweezer-free Kitchen of the Year'."
The award ceremony will take place in Paris on February 18th, 2019.
For a full list of award categories and nominations, please see here.