• Every year, The World’s 50 Best announces the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

    This is the first time since 2004 where a USA restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, made it to the top of the list. In 2004, French Laundry in Napa Valley held the coveted title. Last year Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy), now number 2 on the list, took first prize, with Eleven Madison Park taking bronze.

    This year, no African restaurant made it on to the top 50 list, with USA, Italy and Spain holding the top 3 spots.

    The only two South African restaurants that made the full list of 100 restaurants are The Test Kitchen and La Colombe (both in Cape Town), who placed 63rd and 73rd, respectively.

    “With an expanded voting Academy and an increase to 10 votes per person, the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants brings a stronger pool than ever of incredible dining experiences spread across the world. Led by 26 regional chairs, the voting Academy is made up of chefs, restaurateurs, gastronomes and food critics.

    This year’s ranking, revealed at an awards ceremony in Melbourne, Australia, showcases restaurants from 22 countries, with six new entries and three new entries from Paris to Tokyo”  Source

    Here’s the full list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants:

    1. Eleven Madison Park(New York City)
    2. Osteria Francescana(Modena, Italy)
    3. El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
    4. Mirazur(Menton, France)
    5. Central(Lima)
    6. Asador Etxebarri(Axpe, Spain)
    7. Gaggan(Bangkok)
    8. Maido(Lima)
    9. Mugaritz(Errenteria, Spain)
    10. Steirereck(Vienna, Austria)
    11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)
    12. L’Arpège (Paris)
    13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (Paris)
    14. Restaurant Andre (Singapore)
    15. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
    16. D.O.M. (São Paulo)
    17. Le Bernardin (New York City)
    18. Narisawa (Tokyo)
    19. Geranium (Copenhagen)
    20. Pujol (Mexico City)
    21. Alinea (Chicago)
    22. Quintonil (Mexico City)
    23. White Rabbit (Moscow)
    24. Amber (Hong Kong)
    25. Tickets (Barcelona)
    26. The Clove Club (London)
    27. The Ledbury (London)
    28. Nahm (Bangkok)
    29. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
    30. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
    31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris)
    32. Attica (Melbourne)
    33. Astrid y Gastón (Lima)
    34. De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands)
    35. Septime (Paris)
    36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (London)
    37. Saison (San Francisco)
    38. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
    39. Relae (Copenhagen)
    40. Cosme (New York City)
    41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai)
    42. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
    43. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)
    44. Brae (Birregurra, Australia)
    45. Den (Tokyo)
    46. L’Astrance (Paris)
    47. Vendôme (Cologne, Germany)
    48. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin)
    49. Tegui (Buenos Aires)
    50. Hof Van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com