Eleven Madison Park Crowned The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017
Eleven Madison Park in New York has secured the No. 1 spot in the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.
In claiming the No. 1 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Eleven Madison Park earns the dual titles of The World’s Best Restaurant and The Best Restaurant in North America. After debuting on the list at No. 50 in 2010, Eleven Madison Park has hovered within the top 10 since 2012, rising to No. 3 last year. 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 art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s multi-course seasonal tasting menu celebrates the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.
Seven restaurants in Asia are included on the 2017 list, Asia is also represented by Tokyo’s Narisawa (No. 18), Hong Kong’s Amber (No. 24), Bangkok’s Nahm (No. 28) and Shanghai’s Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (No. 41).
Last year’s No. 1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claims the No. 2 position to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe. Italy is also represented by familiar favourites Piazza Duomo (No. 15) and Le Calandre (No. 29) as well as first-time entry Reale, in Castel Di Sangro, debuting on the list at No. 43.
France has doubled its number of restaurants on the list. Among France’s six entries, three rank in the top 20. Mirazur leads at No. 4, followed by Arpège (No. 12) while Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée makes a dramatic re- entry on the list to land at No. 13. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, the restaurant headed by Yannick Alléno, debuts at No. 31, earning the coveted Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles Other Paris- based restaurants Septime (No. 35) and L’Astrance (No. 46) also move up the ranking, rising 15 and 11 placesrespectively. Aside from celebrating Septime’s climb up the rankings, the restaurant also claims the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Silestone, and audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
Spain retains its strong presence on the list with three of its six restaurant landing in the top 10. Former No. 1 El Celler de Can Roca leads contingent No. 3 and is also the 2017 recipient of the The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award in recognition of the restaurant’s warm atmosphere and ever-gracious service. Asador Etxebarri climbs four places to No. 6 while Mugaritz in San Sebastian now sits at No. 9.
While one New York restaurant takes the No. 1 spot, another debuts on the list: Enrique Olvera’s Cosme is a first-time entry at No. 40 while his other restaurant, Pujol in Mexico City, rises five places to No. 20. Meanwhile, Dan Barber’s progressive restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, rises 37 places to No. 11 to earn the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza.
New York-based pastry entrepreneur Dominique Ansel is also honoured this year, claiming the 2017 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef. Since opening his eponymous SoHo bakery in 2011 and launching the Cronut, his signature croissant-doughnut hybrid, French-born Ansel has extended his global influence to London and Tokyo. This award recognises his relentless creativity, innovation and ability to span the retail and restaurant sectors.
Host country Australia is represented by two restaurants, including one newcomer. Attica in Melbourne (No. 32) rises one place to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Australasia, while Brae in regional Victoria enters the ranking for the first time at No. 44.
South America boasts five restaurants from across the continent on the list, including the debut of Tegui in Buenos Aires at No. 49. Maido in Lima, last year’s winner of the Highest Climber Award, continues its upward trajectory, rising five places to No. 8. Chef Virgilio Martínez steals the limelight with two award wins. His restaurant, Central (No. 5), in Peru, is named The Best Restaurant in South America, while he is this year’s recipient of the peer-voted Chef’s Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.
The city of Copenhagen also fares well, with two of the Danish capital’s restaurants recognised. Geranium rises nine places to claim the No. 19 position while Relae, the two-time winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, climbs one place to No. 39.
Respected chef Heston Blumenthal has double reason to celebrate. As well as being the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award, his London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, rises nine places to sit at No. 36. The winners’ circle also includes Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, who is named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.
Here is The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2017:
1. Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
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, USA
12. Arpège – Paris, France
13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – Paris, France
14. Restaurant André – Singapore
15. Piazza Duomo – Alba, Italy
16. D.O.M. – São Paulo, Brazil
17. Le Bernardin – New York, USA
18. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
19. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
20. Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
21. Alinea – Chicago, USA
22. Quintonil – Mexico City, Mexico
23. White Rabbit – Moscow, Russia
24. Amber – Hong Kong, China
25. Tickets – Barcelona, Spain
26. The Clove Club – London, England
27. The Ledbury – London, England
28. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
29. Le Calandre – Rubano, Italy
30. Arzak – San Sebastian, Spain
31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France
32. Attica – Melbourne, Australia
33. Astrid y Gastón – Lima, Peru
34. De Librije – Zwolle, Netherlands
35. Septime – Paris, France
36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, England
37. Saison – San Francisco, USA
38. Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain
39. Relae – Copenhagen,Denmark
40. Cosme – New York, USA
41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China
42. Boragó – Santiago, Chile
43. Reale – Castel Di Sangro,Italy
44. Brae – Birregurra, Australia
45. Den – Tokyo, Japan
46. L’Astrance – Paris, France
47. Vendôme – Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
48. Restaurant Tim Raue – Berlin, Germany
49. Tegui – Buenos Aires, Argentina
50. Hof Van Cleve – Kruishoutem, Belgium