Osteria Francescana reclaims ‘world’s best restaurant’ title

Osteria Francescana reclaims ‘world’s best restaurant’ title

The ‘world’s best restaurant’ title has returned to Italy. Reporting by Julie Sheppard in Bilbao and Chris Mercer in London.

Modena-based Osteria Francescana, run by chef Massimo Bottura and with three Michelin stars, reclaimed the number one spot that it won in 2016.

It replaced Eleven Madison Park in New York, which dropped to fourth place in the latest edition of the ‘World’s 50 best restaurants’ awards.

Winners were announced at a ceremony in Bilbao last night (20 June), following voting by more than 1,000 restaurant owners, chefs and writers and critics, according to organiser William Reed Business Media.

There were many familiar names in the top 10 and El Celler de Can Roca, in Girona north of Barcelona, was awarded second place.

There was also an award for the ‘best female chef’, which went to Clare Smyth, who opened Core restaurant in London.

Smyth said, ‘The role of a chef is not gender specific, but we all know that we don’t see enough women at the top of our industry. We must make a conscious effort to remove barriers. We must listen to each other and support each other… and make sure we clear a path for the next generation. I for one can’t wait until we achieve equality.’

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World’s 50 Best

1 Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
2 El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
3 Mirazur, Menton, France
4 Eleven Madison Park, New York, US
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, México City, México
12 Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
13 Pujol, México City, México
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, US
27 Boragó, Santiago, Chile
28 Odette, Singapore
29 Alléno Paris au Oavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
30 DOM, São Paulo, Brazil
31 Arzak, SAN Sebastián, Spain
32 Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
33 The Clove Club, London, UK
34 Alinea, Chicago, US
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 Nihinryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
42 The Ledbury, London, UK
43 Azurmendi, Bilbao, Spain
44 Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
45, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
46 Saison, San Francisco, US
47 Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
48 Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
49 Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
50 The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

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