Chef Massimo Bottura and his business partner and wife Lara Gilmore of Osteria Francescana took the top award for the World's 50 Best for 2018. / World's 50 Best Chef Massimo Bottura and his business partner and wife Lara Gilmore of Osteria Francescana took the top award for the World's 50 Best for 2018. / World's 50 Best

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Winners for 2018

The 2018 winners of the World’s 50 Best restaurants awards have been announced. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy took the top spot, followed by El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain and Mirazur in Menton, France. Attendance at the show was at an all-time high: 49 out of 50 of the restaurants featured on the 50 Best list were represented by chefs and owners in the audience.

This year also marks the highest amount of representation in the audience from restaurants in the 51 – 100 slots on the list.

Earlier this spring Gastón Acurio, of Astrid y Gastón in Lima, Peru, was awarded the a Lifetime Achievement Award, SingleThread in Healdsburg, CA received a One To Watch Award, and an additional 50 restaurants were named to the runners-up list.

The awards went about as expected. The favored restaurants shuffled around at the top of the list as they usually do. Eleven Madison Park dropped three spots while Osteria Francescana took its place at the top of the list. El Celler de Can Roca went from the third to the second spot in the ranking.

As for surprising shifts, there were a couple. Alinea dropped thirteen positions down to number 34. Thomas Keller didn’t crack the top 50 at all; Per Se and The French Laundry remained way down the list, barely breaking the top 100. Everyone’s favorite new restaurant, Cosme, overtook Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin by one spot.

Notably, Dominque Crenn’s Atelier Crenn was nowhere to be found. When Crenn wasn’t named in the bottom half of the list that was released last week (she was listed at number 83 last year) there was speculation that she had made a big jump up — not tossed completely off.

It’s not a great look for a list that remains heavily male, which was especially disappointing given the speech that Clare Smyth, this year’s Best Female Chef, delivered as she accepted her trophy. “We won’t change things by doing nothing,” Smyth said at the podium. “We must draw a line and make sure that we clear the path for the next generation.”

Doing nothing, however, is often the most comfortable route, and it’s what we’ve come to expect from the 50 Best list.

World’s 50 Best

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy [also Best Restaurant in Europe winner]
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Mirazur, Menton, France
  4. Eleven Madison, New York, US [also Best Restaurant in North America]
  5. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand [also Best Restaurant in Asia winner]
  6. Central, Lima, Peru [also Best Restaurant in South America winner]
  7. Maido, Lima, Peru
  8. Arpege, Paris, France
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Asador Etxebarri Axpe, Spain
  11. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, US
  13. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  14. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
  15. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
  16. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
  17. Den, Tokyo, Japan [also Highest Climber Award]
  18. Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain [also Highest New Entry award]
  19. Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark [also Art of Hospitality award]
  20. Attica, Melbourne, Australia [also Best Restaurant in Australasia winner]
  21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
  22. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
  23. Le Calandre in Rubano, Italy
  24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet in Shanghai, China
  25. Cosme, New York, US
  26. Le Bernardin, New York, US
  27. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  28. Odette, Singapore
  29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, France
  30. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  31. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain
  32. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
  33. Clove Club, London, England
  34. Alinea, Chicago, IL
  35. Maaemo, Oslo, Norway
  36. Reale, Castel Di Sangro, Italy
  37. Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
  38. Lyle’s, London, England
  39. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  40. Septime, Paris, France
  41. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
  42. The Ledbury, London, England
  43. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain [Also Sustainable Restaurant Award winner]
  44. Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey
  45. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, England
  46. Saison, San Francisco
  47. Schloss Schauenstein in Fürstenau, Switzerland
  48. Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia
  49. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
  50. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa

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