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The eagerly awaited annual ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ awards ceremony recently took place in Bilbao, Spain, to reveal this year’s best in culinary class around the world. The sought-after list saw 23 countries across six continents honoured, culminating with Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana reclaiming the No.1 spot.

50 Best restaurants

Osteria Francescana, which previously held the No.1 position in 2016, was joined in the top three by El Celler de Can Roca (No.2), in Girona, Spain, and Mirazur (No.3), in Menton, France. The top spot for Osteria Francescana is testament to Bottura’s continued commitment to driving 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.

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 in New York (No.4).

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 alone: 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, debuting at No.18. Meanwhile Den, in Tokyo, Japan, picks up the 2018 Highest Climber Award, 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 (No.12), won the Chefs’ Choice Award. 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). Cofounder 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, 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 received The World’s Best Pastry Chef Award. 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 patisserie and trompe l’oeil fruit creations.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant’s 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; Pocantico Hills, 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

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