What a week it has been for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List.
Last Wednesday, as the prestigious List announced its 50 runners-up, we learned that New York’s Daniel restaurant, Paris’ L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and San Francisco’s Coi
were all demoted from the top 50.
Then, on Friday, a French group called Occupy 50 Best grabbed headlines. Citing juror appointments via “backroom politics,” sexism, and a loosely regulated voting system, the group described the ranking as opaque and obsequious.
“Voters are supposed to have eaten in the restaurants they vote for at least once in the preceding 18 months. But no proof of their visit, no expense bill is required,” chef Joël Robuchon wrote in an email to The New York Times.
But the show, and all its gilded fanfare, must go on. The awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall (next year the event relocates to NYC) will begin at 8 p.m. in UK, 3 pm ET time.
We’ll be live-blogging the 50 best restaurants as they’re announced, so be sure to check back for updates.