Chef Mazzia was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he lived until he was 14 years old. The scents of burnt wood smoke, African spices and seashells from the port near his home left a deep and lasting mark on the chef. By moving to France As a teenager and experiencing culture shock, he took refuge in basketball, playing for the France U15 team, before finally turning to the kitchen. He then trained and worked alongside some Europe the most renowned chefs, including Pierre Hermé, Michael Bras and the late Santi Santimaria.

Mazzia moved to Marseilles in 2010 to take up a position at the restaurant of by Le Corbusier Radiant City, where he received the “Young Talent” prize from Gault & Millau in 2011, a distinction that prompted him to open his own house. By AM Alexandre Mazzia debuted in the city in the summer of 2014 and quickly impressed customers and critics alike, earning three Michelin stars in an unprecedented six years of opening.

The restaurant seats just 22, with a bar overlooking the open kitchen, and draws inspiration from a myriad of international influences in a menu focused on vegetables, fish and seafood. diners on an emotional journey of self-discovery and the chef has the innate ability to make complex gastronomic creations more understandable. Unusual alliances of ingredients and flavors are found in dishes such as courgette flowers in beurre blanc with green satay and saffron and crystallized seaweed with bottarga, forming part of what the chef calls a “cuisine of the emotion”.

William DrewDirector of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said, “It is an honor to nominate AM by Alexandre Mazzia as the winner of this year’s American Express One To Watch Award. We followed the restaurant’s success by France over the past few years and are delighted to be able to bring this wonderful Marseilles destination to the worldwide audience of 50 Best and to celebrate Alexandre’s unbridled passion and singular cuisine.”

Alexandre Mazzia comments on the award: “Whatever the destination, the most important thing is the journey. I am honored for AM by Alexandre Mazzia receive the One To Watch award from American Express; myself and the AM team will continue to draw culinary inspiration from around the world and take our guests on the journey.”

Alex LeeVice President and General Manager of Resy and the American Express Global Dining Network, said: “It is an honor to present the American Express One To Watch Award to Chef Alexandre Mazzia and the entire AM team by Alexandre Mazzia, because they embody the courage, creativity and brilliance of those in the restaurant industry. American Express and Resy are proud to support this international community and champion the next generation of talent that encourages gastronomic exploration.

This announcement is part of the build-up to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 reveal, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. An extensive program of events will culminate with this year’s awards ceremony, to be held at Old Billingsgate Market in the City of London Monday 18e July, during which the restaurant will officially receive the American Express One To Watch Award.

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About the 50 best restaurants in the world

Since 2002, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has reflected the diversity of the global culinary landscape. The annual list of the world’s most prestigious restaurants provides insight into some of the best destinations for unique dining experiences, as well as being a barometer and pioneer of global dining trends. The 50 Best family also includes Latin America 50 best restaurants, from Asia 50 best restaurants, Middle East & North Africa 50 best restaurants, the 50 best bars in the world, from Asia 50 best bars, North America 50 Best Bars and the #50BestTalks and 50 Best Explores series, all owned and operated by William Roseau. 50 Best aims to bring communities across the hospitality industry together to foster collaboration, inclusivity, diversity and discovery and help drive positive change.

About the Prize Sponsor: American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing customers with access to products, information and experiences that enrich lives and help businesses succeed. American Express has always sought to provide cardholders with exceptional access to exclusive experiences, rich rewards and superior services across a variety of passion points, including dining. American Express has a longstanding presence in the restaurant space and has developed partnerships with renowned chefs around the world, including Daniel Hmm, Stephanie IzardJose Andres, Massimo Bottura, Michael Salomonov, Dominique Crenn, the Roca Brothers and many more – offering cardholders exclusive access to unique, co-curated culinary moments. Now, with Resy, the restaurant reservations platform that joined the American Express family in 2019, cardholders have even more access to reservations and experiences at thousands of restaurants around the world.

About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

SPellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main partners of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and 50 Best for Recovery. SPellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main natural mineral waters in gastronomy. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

Other partners:

  • Estrella Damm – Official beer partner; sponsor of the Estrella Damm Chefs’ Choice Award
  • Gin Mare – Official Gin Partner; sponsor of the Gin Mare Art of Hospitality Award
  • Flor de Caña – Official Rum Partner; sponsor of the Flor de Caña sustainable restaurant award
  • Sosa – Official Ingredient Partner; sponsor of the prize for the best pastry chef in the world
  • Villa Massa – Official Limoncello and Amaretto Partner; sponsor of the Villa Massa Highest Climber Award
  • Beronia – Official Wine Partner
  • Nude Glass – Official Glassware Partner; World’s Best Female Chef Award Sponsor
  • Illycaffè – Official coffee partner
  • Nyetimber – Official Sparkling Wine Partner
  • Cinco Jotas – Official Iberian Ham Partner
  • The London Essence Co. – Official Blender Partner
  • Choco – Official Order Partner
  • Aspire Lifestyles – Official Concierge Partner; Best New Entry Award Sponsor
  • Jaén Selección – Official Olive Oil Partner
  • Sea Containers – Official Hotel Partner
  • One Hundred Shoreditch – Official Hotel Partner

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