The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Announced

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Massimo Botturo and the Osteria Francescana team

Massimo Botturo and the Osteria Francescana team

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2016 have been announced, with Italy’s Osteria Francescana topping the coveted poll. The most celebrated and influential restaurateurs across the globe gathered under the domed ceiling of Cipriani Ballroom in New York on Monday night, for the event that has been dubbed the Oscars of the restaurant world.

“My heart is exploding,” winning restaurateur and chef Massimo Bottura confessed upon finally winning the accolade, having spent the last few years hovering within the list’s top three. Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca dropped from first to second position, while New York’s Eleven Madison Park came in third. This year marks the first time an Italian restaurant has come in at number one since the awards’ 2002 conception.

But there was some good news for Australia too, with Melbourne’s Attica coming in at number 33 as well as being announced as the host city for next year’s awards. However, Sydney didn’t fare quite as well, with Sepia failing to appear within the top 100 despite receiving last year’s One To Watch award, while Quay slid from 58th to 98th place.

“We were devastated, to be honest, and were really disappointed because we feel like we’re in a better place now than where we were two years ago,” Sepia co-owner Vicki Wild admitted earlier this year. “Clearly, everyone that was voting went to Melbourne but not Sydney.”

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

So how does the voting work – and is it fair? The awards are split into 27 regions and each region is allocated a voting panel of 36 members, including one chairperson. There are almost 1,000 panelists across the globe, most of whom are made up of food critics, writers, chefs and restaurateurs. Each panelist is allocated seven votes, three of which have to be used to recognise a restaurant outside of their region. In order to place a vote, the panelist has to have eaten at the restaurant within the last 18 months – a potential distance-induced disadvantage for Australia. However, with the culinary world’s major player’s flocking to Melbourne next year, it will likely prompt a spike in votes for Australasian establishments.

There’s no denying the awards have grown in influence in recent years, with those included not just benefiting in the bookings department. “The quality of staff we attracted increased,” says Blue Hill at Stone Barns co-founder David Barber, a New York restaurant that debuted at 49 last year. “Why wouldn’t they want to work for one of the 50 best restaurants in the world?”

However, Bottura maintains that despite this, the entrants are all one big happy family. “There is a community that has been created around 50 Best… We are not in competition with each other,” says this year’s winner. “In Italy we have three things that are untouchable – football, the Pope and food. It’s something so important.”

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain


Here’s the full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016:

1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

3. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

4. Central, Lima, Peru

5. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

6. Mirazur, Menton, France

7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan

9. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria

10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

11. O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil

12. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico

13. Maido, Lima, Peru

14. The Ledbury, London, UK

15. Alinea, Chicago, USA

16. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

17. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy

18. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia

19. Arpege, Paris, France

20. Amber, Hong Kong, China

21. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

22. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

23. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand

24. Le Bernardin, New York, USA

25. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico

26. The Clove Club, London, UK

27. Saison, San Francisco, USA

28. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark

29. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain

30. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru

31. Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan

32. Restaurant Andre, Singapore

33. Attica, Melbourne, Australia

34. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany

35. Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

36. Borago, Santiago, Chile

37. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand

38. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands

39. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy

40. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark

41. Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden

42. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China

43. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico

44. Estela, New York, USA

45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK

46. Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy

47. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland

48. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantino Hills, USA

49. Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain

50. Septime, Paris, France

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