Ducasse to be crowned International Chef at 25th Craft Guild of Chefs awards

The Craft Guild of Chefs will crown Michelin star legend Alain Ducasse as International Chef. Ducasse will be presented with the prestigious award during the Guild’s 25th awards ceremony on Monday 4 June, taking place at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Ducasse will attend the award ceremony to pick up the award, along with a star-studded group of industry luminaries including MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti and Michelin starred Clare Smyth, Claude Bosi, Angela Hartnett and Gary Jones.

Eighteen awards will be presented on the night in front of an audience of more than 800.

Ducasse commented, “It is an honour to receive this award from a cluster of such brilliant professionals. I realise how much we share the same values; whatever the shore of the Channel where we have our roots, we think and we act similarly.”

New to 2018, the International Chef Award acknowledges and celebrates chefs from around the world who have been globally influential, demonstrating first class culinary excellence.

Steve Munkley Craft Guild of Chefs vice president, commented, “Many congratulations to Alain. He is an exciting and deserving winner of the International Chef Award. He has shown commitment and dedication to the industry across the globe and continues to be influential. We are honoured to have him celebrate our 25th awards with us.”

Chosen by a panel of industry experts the honourable and highly respected chef outshone his peers with his impressive career of a very high calibre.

Claire Bedouin, from award sponsor Pure South, said, “It’s fantastic to be part of the inaugural International Chef Award. Alain Ducasse is a world class heavyweight and thoroughly deserving of this award.”

As one of the world’s most decorated chefs, Ducasse is known for his exquisite French cuisine and has created unique dining concepts reflecting international influences. He became the first chef to own restaurants carrying three Michelin Stars in three cities. During his career he has opened restaurants and cooking schools, published cookbooks and continues to expand his reach.

Celebrating 25 years of culinary excellence, the awards recognise and acknowledge remarkable talent across the UK and beyond, from junior chefs just at the beginning of their career to experienced well-established chefs in the industry.