The winners of The World's 50 Best Restaurants, the fine dining world's school yearbook, were announced yesterday afternoon. The list is the result of 972 leading gourmands around the world, equipped with seven votes to cast on any restaurants of their choosing. The only rules are that at least three must be outside the voter's home region, and the voter has to have actually dined there.
Thus, like any list based solely on voter opinion (and 972 sets of taste buds), The World's 50 Best is completely subjective. This fact hasn't gone unnoticed, with this year's heightened controversy regarding arbitrary voting procedures and potential corruption paired with limited global outreach. But the show must go on, and on it went in London yesterday, complete with selfies of Grant Achatz, power lunches and copious amounts of Champagne.
Unsurprisingly, El Celler de Can Roca, Osteria Francescana and Noma led the night like homecoming-dance royalty, with El Celler taking the crown. But everyone graduates at some point (so long, Daniel), and the new class of freshmen are inducted—Moscow's White Rabbit was the highest new entry at No. 23, with China's Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet right behind. There were sophomore surprises and sophomore slumps (Thailand's Gaggan jumped into the top 10; The Ledbury knocked from it), but overall, there weren't any huge shockers.
There were some notable omissions (i.e., females and essentially all of Africa), but gripe though we may, it's still fun to care. Because no matter what, you still want the class president to sign your yearbook. See the full list below and HAGS, food lovers.
1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. L'Arpège, Paris, France
13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
17. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
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19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20. The Ledbury, London, UK
21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
30. Restaurant Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
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33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34. Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano, Italy
35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36. L'Astrance, Paris, France
37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
38. Amber, Hong Kong, China
39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
40. Per Se, New York, USA
41. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
42. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
42 (tie). Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
44. Maido, Lima, Peru
45. Relæ, Copenhagen, Denmark
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46. Restaurant André, Singapore
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
48. Schloss Schauenstein, Fürstenau, Switzerland
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, USA
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50. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA
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