World’s 50 Best Heads to Oz

From New York to Australia.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in April 2017 will be in Oz, following a very successful awards reception for 2016 in New York.

The World’s 50 Best (@theworlds50best) is a list produced by British magazine Restaurant based on a poll of international  chefs, restaurateurs, and media. There are also side awards such as the Best Female Chef Award, Chef’s Choice Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s Top 8 are:

  • No.1. Osteria Francescana. Modena, Italy.
  • No.2. El Celler de Can Roca. Girona, Spain.
  • No.3. Eleven Madison Park. New York, USA.
  • No.4. Central. Lima, Peru.
  • No.5. Noma. Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • No.6. Mirazur. Menton, France.
  • No.7. Mugaritz. San Sebastian, Spain.
  • No.8. Narisawa. Tokyo, Japan.

The World’s 50 Best will be held in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building on Wednesday April 5. The awards will be streamed live from

Massimo Bottura, currently the world's No. 1. I took this photo at the World's 50 Best Awards in London in 2012.
Massimo Bottura, currently the world’s No. 1. I took this photo at the World’s 50 Best Awards in London in 2012. As you can see by Massimo’s weight haha 🙂

Spain Back at Top of World’s 50 Best; El Celler de Can Roca is No. 1

Congratulations to El Celler de Can Roca as it resumes its position as No. 1 Restaurant in the World in the list of World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

El Celler de Can Roca, a restaurant in Girona, Catalonia, Spain, had previously won the World’s Best title in 2013, beating Noma, which was World’s No. 1 in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

El Celler de Can Roca holds 3 Michelin stars. The kitchen is run by three brothers: Joan, the chef; Jordi, the pastry chef; and Josep, the sommelier.

El Celler de Can Roca, Joan Roca, World's 50 Best, Margaux Salcedo
With Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca in 2014

Here’s a further background on El Celler from World’s 50 Best:

“El Celler de Can Roca was opened in 1986 by brothers Joan and Josep alongside their parents’ simple restaurant in Girona. In 2007, younger brother Jordi completed the trio that has since created a gastronomic phenomenon. Head chef Joan, sommelier Josep and 2014’s World Best Pastry Chef, Jordi Roca, have created a culinary experience which explores traditional Catalan ingredients combined with an extraordinary variety of cooking methods that stimulates diners’ senses, emotions and memories – whether via an evocative smell, an explosion of flavour or a visual trick. The food is matched with an ambitious array of wines and finished with a selection of Jordi’s magical masterpieces.”

Narisawa Back as Asia’s Best

Yoshihiro Narisawa, World's 50 Best, 2015
With Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa, Asia’s Best Resto at the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards

Restaurant Narisawa was among the first few Asian restaurants on the list, ranked 20 in 2009. Last year it was ranked #14. This year it made the Top 10 at #8.

Gaggan, serving modern Indian cuisine in Bangkok, Thailand, which went home with the No. 1 in Asia title at the Asia’s Best Restaurant Awards earlier this year, jumped an impressive seven places to likewise make it to the Top 10 (ranked No. 10).

Shanghai’s Ultraviolet in China also made the news as it hit No. 24, impressive for a first timer on the list.

How The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled

(From World’s 50 Best press)

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of almost 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. The Academy comprises 27 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member casts seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.

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, which helps to make the list as varied and open as possible.

This year, for the first time, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. The adjudication by Deloitte will ensure that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 are protected.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants (Full List)

Here’s the full list:

Here’s the full list:

1 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2 Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3 Noma, Copenhagen
4 Central, Lima
5 Eleven Madison Park, New York
6 Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
7 Dinner, London
8 Narisawa, Tokyo
9 D.O.M, São Paulo
10 Gaggan, Bangkok
11 Mirazur, Menton, France
12 L’Arpège, Paris
13 Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14 Astrid y Gaston, Lima
15 Steirereck, Vienna
16 Pujol, Mexico City
17 Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
18 Le Bernardin, New York
19 Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20 The Ledbury, London
21 Le Chateaubriand, Paris
22 Nahm, Bangkok
23 White Rabbit, Moscow
24 Ultra Violet, Shanghai
25 Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
26 Alinea, Chicago
27 Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28 The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29 RyuGin, Tokyo
30 Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31 Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm
32 Attica, Melbourne
33 Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34 Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35 Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36 L’Astrance, Paris
37 Restaurante Biko, Polanco, Mexico
38 Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
39 QuiqueDacosta, Denia, Spain
40 Per Se, New York
41 Mani, São Paulo
42 Borago, Santiago, Chile (tied)
42 Tickets, Barcelona (tied)
44 Maido, Lima
45 Relae, Copenhagen
46 Restaurant Andre, Singapore
47 Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris
48 Schloss Schauenstein in Furstenau, Switzerland
49 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York
50 The French Laundry, Yountville, U.S.