As part of the World's Best 50 Restaurants awards, chef Dominique Ansel was bestowed the honor of World’s Best Pastry Chef.
The creator of the Cronut and proprietor of several innovative food service establishments is only the fourth pastry chef to receive the award. Previously, the title had been awarded to Jordi Roca, Albert Adria, and Pierre Hermé.
Dominique Ansel is the youngest pastry chef to earn the honor at 40. He also happens to be the first U.S.-based pastry chef to win this particular award.
Ansel’s growing list of businesses includes shops in New York, London, and Tokyo, where he just opened a second location that specializes in cakes floating inside balloons among other unique concepts.
“Humbled to be here with so many great chefs and to bring this award home from @theworlds50best to our teams throughout the world in New York, London, and Tokyo. One person can never do it alone, and I can't thank them enough for their hard work and support. It's been a lifetime of work, and now is just the beginning,” Ansel said in an Instagram post.