The world has a new best restaurant with New York’s Eleven Madison Park deposing Italy’s Osteria Francescana after just one year at the top.
Massimo Bottura’s Italian fine diner is at No. 2, with the New Yorkers leaping from 3 to 1, having spent the last five years in the top 10.
Co-owners Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm opened their fine diner in an Art Deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park after buying the site from ing Eleven Madison Park from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in 2011.
It was a successful evening for the Australian industry as well, with Ben Shewry of Melbourne’s Attica listed at 33, and no longer the sole national flagbearer in the list for the past few years after being joined by Dan Hunter’s regional Victorian fine diner, Brae, a 90-minute drive southwest of Melbourne, making the top 50 at 44 at 65, up 22 places, in 2016, the second time it featured having only opened in 2016.
Prom night for the restaurant industry was held in Melbourne on Wednesday evening with the announcement of the World’s 50 Best restaurants.
What started out as a small roundup of where English chefs liked to eat in 2002 for a London trade magazine – the now defunct Elbulli in Spain was no. 1, followed by London’s Gordon Ramsay (he no longer makes the cut) and American Thomas Keller’s French Laundry – has become a huge and highly anticipated global phenomenon.
While there’s plenty of debate over the idea that a single restaurant is the “best” – former number one Heston Blumenthal wants to change the name of the awards to “50 Favourite” – it’s an accolade that has people from around the planet flocking to the winner for culinary bragging rights.
It’s now big business, with major sponsors and this year, Tourism Australia and its state equivalent, Visit Victoria, handed over $800,000 to host the event in Melbourne this year. It’s part of a three-year strategy to lure tourists Down Under, enticed by the quality of the produce and chefs here.
Chefs, journalists and “influencers” were flown in from around the planet as tourism officials showcase the best Australia has to put in their mouths.
Here’s the countdown:
50. Hof Van Cleve, Belgium
49. Tegui, Buenos Airer
48. Tim Raue, Berlin
47. Vendome, Cologne
46. L’Astrance, Paris
45. Den, Tokyo
44. Brae, Birregurra, Victoria
43. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
42. Borago, Santiago
41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
40. Cosme, New York
39. Relae, Copenhagen
38. Azurmendi Atxa, Larrabetzu, Spain
37. Saison, San Francisco
36. Dinner by Heston, London
35. Septime, Paris
34. De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
33. Astrid y Gaston! Lima, Peru
32. Attica, Melbourne
31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris
30. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
29. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
28. Nahm, Bangkok
27. The Ledbury, London
26. The Clove Club, London
25. Tickets, Barcelona
24. Amber, Hong Kong
23. White Rabbit, Moscow
22. Quintonil, Mexico City
21. Alinea, Chicago
20. Pujol, Mexico City
19. Geranium, Copenhagen
18. Narisawa, Tokyo
17. Le Bernardin, New York
16. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
15. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
14. Restaurant Andre, Singapore
13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee, Paris
12. Arpege, Paris
11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York
10. Steirereck, Austria
9. Mugaritz, Spain
8. Maido, Peru
7. Gaggan, Bangkok
6. Asador Etxebarru, Spain
5. Central, Peru
4. Mirazur, Menton, France
3. El Celler de can Roca, Girona, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Italy
1. Eleven Madison Park, New York
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