It's the biggest event of the year for the international food industry. The Oscars for restaurants, if you will. Drum roll please.
Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has unveiled all the winners for 2017 at a gala event hosted in Melbourne overnight.
In exciting news, Australia has taken out two places in the coveted Top 50 - with both restaurants from the state of Victoria.
Coming in at number 32 is Melbourne's Attica restaurant - headed up by chef Ben Shewry. This is the fourth year the Aussie eatery has made the prestigious list - moving up one spot - and retaining its title as The Best Restaurant in Australasia.
The other Australian restaurant to make the list at number 44 is Dan Hunter's restaurant Brae at Birregurra in regional Victoria. Hunter told the Geelong Advertiser the global award was both "a privilige and a luxury" for the fine dining restaurant on a 12 hectare farm that opened just four years ago.
Not a bad effort - considering the competition comprises restaurants from 22 countries from around the globe and spans a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines.
And the number one restaurant in the world? Eleven Madison Park in New York.
The restaurant’s co-owners, Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, enhance the fine-dining experience with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room.
Housed in an iconic art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s seasonal tasting menu aims to celebrate the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.
Dishes on the seven-course menu include Humm’s signature roasted duck and celery root cooked in a pig’s bladder, which Humm cites as a career-defining creation.
France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the list.
It's the first time the event has been held outside of London since launching in 2002 - which is big news in itself.
The list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community.
The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.
There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, but there are strict voting rules.
Here is the full list:
- Eleven Madison Park, New York, US
- Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
- Mirazur, Menton, France
- Central, Lima, Peru
- Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
- Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
- Maido, Lima, Peru
- Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
- Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
- Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, US
- Arpège, Paris, France
- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
- Restaurant André, Singapore
- Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
- D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Le Bernardin, New York City, US
- Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
- Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
- Alinea, Chicago, US
- Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
- White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
- Amber, Hong Kong
- Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
- The Clove Club, London, UK
- The Ledbury, London, UK
- Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
- Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
- Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
- Alleno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
- Attica, Melbourne, Australia
- Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
- De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
- Septime, Paris, France
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
- Saison, San Francisco, US
- Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
- Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Cosme, New York City, US
- Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
- Borago, Santiago, Chile
- Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
- Brae, Birregurra, Australia
- Den, Tokyo, Japan
- L'Astrance, Paris, France
- Vendome, Cologne, Germany
- Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
- Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium
For more details, check out theworlds50best.com