Every year at about this time, we await the results of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.” The list of gastronomy’s high and mighty is compiled by the World’s Best Restaurants Academy, more than 1,000 members, each selected for their international restaurant expertise. They hail from 26 geographical regions around the globe, and each year they vote to name their favorites.
This year’s top 10 list is a delight for world travelers (in case you need a few more reasons to pack your bags and go).
First place went to New York City’s Eleven Madison Park and Chef-owner Daniel Humm.
Beyond the United States, Italy won the second spot with Chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, a haven of creative contemporary Italian cuisine in the historic city of Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna region.
Spain won three slots in the top 10—no surprise to anyone who follows foodie trends in Europe. The awards went to El Celler de Can Roca in the medieval city of Girona, where brothers Joan and Jordi Roca create contemporary Catalan cuisine with a global twist; Asador Etxebarri in Axpe (an hour south of Bilbao), a rural restaurant where everything is grilled to perfection thanks to the skill of Chef Victor Arguinzoniz; and Mugaritz in San Sebastian, where Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is considered the natural heir to the progressive throne after Ferran Adrià.
We’re thrilled that Peru earned two spots on the top 10 list, both for restaurants in Lima. Restaurant Central has been, well, central to Lima’s transformation into a must-visit gastronomic destination, as Chef Virgilio Martínez leads a new generation of Peruvian cooks along with his wife and head chef, Pia León. Restaurant Maido, brainchild of Lima-born Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, is a temple of Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei fusion. Even the sushi is extraordinary.
France earned a spot on the list, too, with Mirazur in the Riviera town of Menton. Here’s an opportunity to indulge in Mediterranean dishes created by Chef Mauro Colagreco, who pays homage to his Argentine-Italian heritage.
Thailand and Austria round out the list. At Gaggan, in Bangkok, diners sample contemporary Indian cuisine thanks to the forward-looking artistry of Chef-owner Gaggan Anand. And finally, at Steirereck, in Vienna, Chef Heinz Reitbauer introduces the world to cutting-edge Austrian cuisine deeply rooted in traditional local ingredients.
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