World's Best 50 Restaurants for 2017: Australia takes two spots

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.

 

 

Banana in paperbark, chocolate, macadamia and honeycomb. Created yesterday for last nights #chefstable menu.

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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. 
 

 

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Aged Pekin duck wood roasted on the bone, quandong, dried liver.

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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: 

  1. Eleven Madison Park, New York, US
  2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy 
  3. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  4. Mirazur, Menton, France
  5. Central, Lima, Peru
  6. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
  7. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Maido, Lima, Peru
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, US
  12. Arpège, Paris, France
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris, France
  14. Restaurant André, Singapore
  15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  16. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
  17. Le Bernardin, New York City, US
  18. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  20. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  21. Alinea, Chicago, US
  22. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  24. Amber, Hong Kong
  25. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  26. The Clove Club, London, UK
  27. The Ledbury, London, UK
  28. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
  30. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  31. Alleno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
  32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
  33. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
  35. Septime, Paris, France
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
  37. Saison, San Francisco, US
  38. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
  39. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
  40. Cosme, New York City, US
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
  42. Borago, Santiago, Chile
  43. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
  44. Brae, Birregurra, Australia
  45. Den, Tokyo, Japan
  46. L'Astrance, Paris, France
  47. Vendome, Cologne, Germany
  48. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  49. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  50. Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium

For more details, check out theworlds50best.com 

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