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"Combine the best of heritage with cutting-edge innovation to ensure an inspiring passage into the future."


Innovation is the key to progress. The winning chef in this category showcases the very best of innovative cuisine. Respecting culinary heritage, the chef constantly creates unexpected experiences and unique pleasures by using state-of-the-art techniques, this chef develops inspiring gastronomy and innovative dishes for the new era. In collaboration with Carpigiani, we honour the Chef who shows authenticity in the pursuit of both excellence and creativity.

The winner: Ryan Blackburn

Matteo Andreola from Carpigiani had the honour to hand out the Innovation Award to Ryan Blackburn, Restaurant Old Stamp House, United Kingdom.

Awards 2024

JRE is all about the pursuit of perfection ­– our talented Chefs and Sommeliers go the extra mile every day to ensure the best guest experience, so it’s only right that their achievements are recognised and rewarded. That’s why, every second year, JRE presents six awards to those skilled men and women who have excelled in the following areas: Talent of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Sustainability, Innovation, Sommelier and Taste of Origin. On special occasions, we also present the Never-ending Passion Award to an exceptional chef who exceeds our expectations in more ways.