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Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana is World’s No. 1

The stunning Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Spain was the backdrop for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Luminaries of the restaurant world gathered this evening (19 June 2018) eager to hear the announcement of winners.

The awards saw 23 countries across six continents honored with a place on the list, culminated with the announcement of a new No.1, with chef-patron Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore taking to the stage to collect the award for their restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy.

The top spot for Osteria Francescana is a reprise of their win in 2016.  Bottura has continued to drive forward the restaurant’s unique character. The discreet Modena restaurant serves Bottura’s contemporary cuisine, which challenges and reinvents Italian culinary tradition while making use of the finest produce from the Emilia-Romagna region.

Osteria Francescana was joined in the top five by El Celler de Can Roca (No.2), in Girona, Spain, Mirazur (No.3), in Menton, France, Eleven Madison Park in New York  (No. 4) and Gaggan in Bangkok (No. 5). Worthy to note that Gaggan’s spot is the first time a restaurant from Asia has reached the top five.

Host country Spain boasts seven restaurants on the list, including three in the top 10: El Celler de Can Roca (No.2); Mugaritz (No.9) and Asador Etxebarri (No.10).

The USA follows closely with six restaurants on the list, including last year’s winner Eleven Madison Park. France has five restaurants on the list, with two in the top 10: Mirazur in Menton (No.3) and Arpège (No.8) in Paris, and the UK and Italy are represented by four restaurants each. Peru, with three restaurants in the list, includes two in the top seven: Central (No.6) and Maido (No.7), both in Lima.

Having received the Miele One To Watch Award in 2017, Disfrutar in Barcelona continues its rise by winning the 2018 Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles, debuting at No.18. Meanwhile Den, in Tokyo, Japan, picks up the 2018 Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza, having jumped from No.45 to No.17 in just one year.

Odette in Singapore is another notable new entry at No.28, having opened less than three years ago. Hiša Franko, Slovenia’s first restaurant on the list, debuts at No.48, representing another triumph for Ana Roš, the 2017 winner of The World’s Best Female Chef Award.

Mikla in Istanbul (No.44) represents Turkey’s first restaurant on the list since 2002, and Maaemo in Oslo (No.35) brings Norway back onto the list for the first time since 2003. Lyle’s in London is also a newcomer, debuting at No.38. Nihonryori RyuGin, from Tokyo, Japan (No.41), Schloss Schauenstein from Fürstenau, Switzerland (No.47) and The Test Kitchen from Cape Town, South Africa (No.50) have all re-entered the list.

Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, USA, wins the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm. The Chefs’ Choice Award is bestowed on an individual believed by their peers to have made the most significant contribution to the industry over the last year and is a testament to Barber’s innovative work and commitment to the debate around food ethics.

The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award goes to Geranium from Copenhagen, Denmark (No.19). Co- founder Søren Ledet, an award-winning chef, made the transition from the kitchen to the restaurant floor when founding Geranium and as the sommelier and front of house manager has propelled the restaurant to the highest standards of hospitality.

Azurmendi from Larrabetzu in the Biscay region of Spain (No.43) wins the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Dekton® by Cosentino. Led by head chef Eneko Atxa, Azurmendi previously won this award in 2014 and this year’s achievement recognises the restaurant’s continual improvements in sustainable practices. These include planting 800 trees around the restaurant and developing a project with local families and bars to turn their organic waste into compost for the region’s farmers.

French sensation Cédric Grolet receives The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Sosa. Head pastry chef at Le Meurice, Paris, part of The Dorchester Collection, Grolet has this year spearheaded Le Meurice’s Pastry Boutique and continues to create waves by integrating gastronomy and art with his unique pâtisserie and trompe l’oeil fruit creations.

Other pre-announced special award recipients received their accolades:

  • London-based chef Clare Smyth, winner of the elit® Vodka World’s Best Female Chef Award 2018
  • Gastón Acurio from Peru, honored with The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
  • Californian restaurant Single Thread, winner of the Miele One To Watch Award 2018
  • Taiwanese chef Jessie Liu, collecting the inaugural 50 Best BBVA Scholarship.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “We applaud all those involved in this list of inspiring restaurants, which is constantly redrawing and reflecting the global gastronomic map. We are also thrilled to see Osteria Francescana return to the top spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking this year.”

Full List – The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018:

1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3. Mirazur, Menton, France
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
5. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Central, Lima, Peru
7. Maido, Lima, Peru
8. Arpège, Paris, France
9. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
11. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocatino Hills, New York, USA
13. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
14. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
15. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
16. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
17. Den, Tokyo, Japan
18. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
20. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
23. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
25. Cosme, New York, USA
26. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
27. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
28. Odette, Singapore
29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
30. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
31. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
32. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
33. The Clove Club, London, UK
34. Alinea, Chicago, USA
35. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
36. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
37. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
38. Lyle’s, London, UK
39. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
40. Septime, Paris, France
41. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
42. The Ledbury, London, UK
43. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
44. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
46. Saison, San Francisco, USA
47. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
48. Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
49. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
50. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants


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