Eleven Madison Park in New York, the restaurant of chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara has been named the best restaurant in the 2017 list announced today by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
This year’s winners were revealed at an awards ceremony at the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Last year’s number one Osteria Francescana of chef Massimo Bottura placed second while El Celler de Can Roca of the Roca brothers placed third.
This year’s list features nine new restaurants, six making their debut and three returning to the list as re-entries.
France, Spain and the United States each could six restaurants on the 2017 list. The highest climber in the list is Blue Hill at Stone Barns which rose 37 places and is now in 11th place.
Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur rose to fourth place continuing the Italo-Argentinian’s chefs rise while Central, Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant in Lima, Peru finished in fifth place. Martinez was recipient of the chef’s choice award.
Now in its 15th year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants showcases a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines, it includes restaurants from 22 countries across five continents.
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. You can read our impressions of a meal at Eleven Madison Park here.
Last year’s No.1, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, claimed 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.
France has doubled its number of restaurants on the list. Among France’s six entries, three rank in the top 20. Mirazur leads at No.4, followed by Arpège (No.12) while Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée makes a dramatic re-entry on the list to land at No.13. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, the restaurant headed by Yannick Alléno, debuts at No.31,
Other Paris-based restaurants Septime (No.35) and L’Astrance (No.46) also move up the ranking, rising 15 and 11 places respectively. Aside from celebrating Septime’s climb up the rankings, the restaurant also earning the Highest New Entry Award and the Sustainable Restaurant Award.
While one New York restaurant takes the No.1 spot, another debuts on the list: Enrique Olvera’s Cosme is a first-time entry at No.40 while his other restaurant, Pujol in Mexico City, rises five places to No.20. Meanwhile, Dan Barber’s progressive restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, rises 37 places to No.11 to earn the Highest Climber Award, sponsored by Lavazza.
New York-based pastry entrepreneur Dominique Ansel is also honoured this year, claiming the 2017 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef. Since opening his eponymous SoHo bakery in 2011 and launching the Cronut, his signature croissant-doughnut hybrid, French-born Ansel has extended his global influence to London and Tokyo. This award recognises his relentless creativity, innovation and ability to span the retail and restaurant sectors.
Host country Australia is represented by two restaurants, including one newcomer. Attica in Melbourne (No.32) rises one place to retain its title as The Best Restaurant in Australasia, while Brae in regional Victoria enters the ranking for the first time at No.44.
Spain retains its strong presence on the list with three of its six restaurants landing in the top 10. Former No.1 El Celler de Can Roca leads the contingent at No.3 and is also the 2017 recipient of the Art of Hospitality Award in recognition of the restaurant’s warm atmosphere and ever-gracious service. Asador Etxebarri climbs four places to No.6 while Mugaritz in San Sebastian now sits at No.9.
South America boasts five restaurants from across the continent on the list, including the debut of Tegui in Buenos Aires at No.49. Maido in Lima, last year’s winner of the Highest Climber Award, continues its upward trajectory, rising five places to No.8.
Asia counts seven restaurants in the 2017 line-up, with Japan and Thailand each boasting two entries. After claiming the No.1 position for a third consecutive year at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in February, Gaggan in Bangkok rises 16 places to No.7 to claim The Best Restaurant in Asia title. Elsewhere, Singapore’s Restaurant André climbs an impressive 18 places to secure the No.14 spot while Den in Tokyo arrives on the list at No.45.
The city of Copenhagen also fares well after the closure of Noma. Two restaurants are in the list. Geranium rises nine places to claim the No.19 position while Relae, the two-time winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, climbs one place to No.39.
Respected chef Heston Blumenthal has double reason to celebrate. As well as being the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, his London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, rises nine places to sit at No.36.
The winners’ circle also includes Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, Slovenia, who is named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017.
The full list is as follows:
- Eleven Madison Park, New York (USA)
- Osteria Francescana, Modena (Italy)
- El Celler de Can Roca, Girona (Spain)
- Mirazur, Menton (France)
- Central, Lima (Peru)
- Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo (Spain)
- Gaggan, Bangkok (Thailand)
- Maido, Lima (Peru)
- Mugaritz, San Sebastian (Spain)
- Steirereck, Vienna (Austria)
- Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown (USA)
- Arpège, Paris (France)
- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris (France)
- Restaurant André, Singapore (Singapore)
- Piazza Duomo, Alba (Italy)
- D.O.M. , Sao Paulo (Brazil)
- Le Bernardin, New York (USA)
- Narisawa, Tokyo (Japan)
- Geranium, Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Pujol, Mexico City (Mexico)
- Alinea, Chicago (USA)
- Quintonil, Mexico City (Mexico)
- White Rabbit, Moscow (Russia)
- Amber, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
- Tickets, Barcelona (Spain)
- The Clove Club, London (UK)
- The Ledbury, London (UK)
- Nahm, Bangkok (Thailand)
- Le Calandre, Rubano (Italy)
- Arzak, San Sebastian (Spain)
- Alléno Paris at Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (France)
- Attica, Melbourne (Australia)
- Astrid Y Gastón, Lima (Peru)
- De Librije, Zwolle (Netherlands)
- Septime, Paris (France)
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London (UK)
- Saison, San Francisco (USA)
- Azurmendi, Larrabetzu (Spain)
- Relae, Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Cosme, New York (USA)
- Ultraviolet, Shanghai (China)
- Boragò, Santiago (Chile)
- Reale, Castel di Sangro (Italy)
- Brae, Birregurra (Australia)
- Den, Tokyo (Japan)
- L’Astrance, Paris (France)
- Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach (Germany)
- Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin (Germany)
- Tegui, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
- Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem (Belgium)