Austrian chef Eckart Witzigmann has become the latest person to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
The chef, whose restaurant Aubergine was one of the first outside France to gain three Michelin stars, joins Joel Robuchon, Gualtiero Marchesi, Paul Bocuse, Albert and Michel Roux and Alice Waters as a recipient of the accolade.
Witzigmann will pick up his award at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2010 at the Guildhall in London next Monday (26 April) before this year's list of the top 50 restaurants in the world is announced.
Thomas Ruhl, chairman of the German Academy, said: “Eckart Witzigmann has been more influential than any other chef in recent times. His style is unique and his influence is felt throughout Europe and he has done more than anyone else to raise Bavarian cuisine to haute cuisine by using simple ingredients. He also has an unconditional passion for his job and an enormous energy that has not yet left him.”
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