Eleven Madison Park in New York has secured the No.1 spot in the 2017 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Australia during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
Highlights from the awards include:
- Eleven Madison Park is named The World’s Best Restaurant for the first time.
- France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the 2017 list.
- The 2017 list features nine new restaurants: six making their debut and three returning to the list as re-entries.
- Rising 37 places, Blue Hill at Stone Barns wins the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza.
- Debuting on the list at No.31, Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen earns the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles.
- Virgilio Martínez of Central in Lima, Peru, is the 2017 recipient of the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.
- El Celler de Can Roca is the 2017 recipient of The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award.
- Septime, Paris, is this year’s winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Silestone.
- Dominique Ansel is named The World’s Best Pastry Chef.
- Heston Blumenthal is the 2017 recipient of the Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, is named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.
Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants welcomes six brand new entries and three re-entries to the 2017 ranking. Showcasing a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines, it includes restaurants from 22 countries across five continents. France, Spain and the USA each count six restaurants on the list.
In claiming the No.1 position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Eleven Madison Park earns the dual titles of The World’s Best Restaurant and The Best Restaurant in North America. After debuting on the list at No.50 in 2010, Eleven Madison Park has hovered within the top 10 since 2012, rising to No.3 last year. The restaurant’s co-owners, Will Guidara and Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm, enhance the fine-dining experience with a sense of fun, blurring the line between the kitchen and the dining room. Housed in an art deco building overlooking New York’s Madison Park, the restaurant’s multi-course seasonal tasting menu celebrates the city’s rich history and culinary traditions.
Last year’s No.1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claims the No.2 position to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Europe. Italy is also represented by familiar favourites Piazza Duomo (No.15) and Le Calandre (No.29) as well as first-time entry Reale, in Castel Di Sangro, debuting on the list at No. 43.