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, Innovation, Sommelier, Taste of Origin and Heritage. On special occasions, we also present the Never-ending Passion Award to an exceptional chef who exceeds our expectations in more ways
TALENT OF THE YEAR – by Pastificio dei Campi
“A new generation is in the process of inventing the future of gourmet cuisine.” The founding principle of JRE is the pursuit of excellence in cuisine and service. But more than that, it’s about striking just the right balance between these two elements, and ensuring they are in harmony with a restaurant’s values and philosophy. Our restaurateurs have the extraordinary skill and creativity to do just that – taking gourmet standards to the highest level possible. This young talent is driven by the desire to one day emulate the expertise of their culinary masters. We’ve teamed up with Pastificio dei Campi to present the Talent of the Year Award to the ultimate creator of flavour and taste.
TALENT OF THE YEAR – The Nominees
INNOVATION AWARD – by Olitalia
“Uphold the best of our heritage to ensure its safe passage into the future.” Innovation is the key to progress. JRE restaurateurs attach great importance to upholding the very best of gourmet cuisine, respecting culinary heritage and safeguarding the future, whilst constantly creating unexpected experiences and unique pleasures. They use regional products of the best quality and state-of-the art techniques to create inspiring gastronomy and innovative dishes for a new era. In cooperation with Olitalia, leader in olive oil innovation, this Innovation Award is presented to the chef that has shown audacity in their pursuit of both excellence and creativity.
INNOVATION AWARD – The Nominees
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – by MasterCard
“Unparalleled professionalism is harnessed to create a truly magical stay.” To dine at one of our JRE restaurants is to enjoy a seamless, perfectly executed fine dining experience. However, behind the scenes, a team of professionals guided by a talented restaurateur, works tirelessly to ensure only the highest of standards. Perfectly discreet, almost invisible, their never-ending passion is sensed in everything they do. Priceless. Who better to partner with, in honour of this talent, than MasterCard? The Entrepreneur Award will be given to the chef that masters all of this with distinction.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – The Nominees
TASTE OF ORIGIN AWARD – by Pommery
“Respect for nature is one of our main, on-going concerns.” Our chefs live in harmony with their environment and this is something they are very proud of. Committed to serving fresh, ethically sourced ingredients, they go to great lengths to find the best local, seasonal produce. We join forces with Vranken-Pommery – also dedicated to sustainable development and renowned for its production of organic Champagnes – to present the Taste of Origin Award, raising awareness of how our choices impact the world around us.
TASTE OF ORIGIN AWARD – The Nominees
HERITAGE AWARD - by Parmigiano Reggiano
“Heritage is a dialogue between the past and the future.” JRE has been committed to keeping tradition alive for almost 45 years. During this time, our experienced chefs and maîtres de maison have helped the association gather a veritable pool of talent, a jewel to be treasured and developed. In the name of our peers, their art of living and long-standing expertise, our core value focuses on the transfer of skills and knowledge. It is therefore only natural that Parmigiano Reggiano, with nearly a thousand years of history, should support the Heritage Award. For this prestigious cheese, innovation goes hand in hand with tradition – the past is, after all, an endless source of inspiration. Together we want to preserve the past and celebrate the future.
HERITAGE AWARD - The Nominees
Sommelier Award 2022 - by La Rioja Alta S.A.
“Since the beginning, we’ve prided ourselves on a warm welcome and excellent service.” The soul and spirit of a restaurant is determined by its standard of hospitality – everything from the perfect ambience and a carefully curated wine cellar, right down to the ability to support young professionals to excel in the art of outstanding service. The final ingredient is a team devoted to the guests’ wellbeing, performing to the highest level. In conjunction with La Rioja Alta S.A., well-known for their on-going support and recognition of the front-of-house team, we bestow the Sommelier Award to the most deserving restaurateur in this field.