In the ten years since the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards was launched a wide variety of gastronomic and dining styles have been represented in the top 50 so as excitement builds for the 2012 list BigHospitality asked chefs and experts what makes a restaurant world class.
Ruth Rogers, one of the founders of the legendary River Café, saw her restaurant make the first ever list and Heston Blumenthal topped the awards in 2005 with The Fat Duck.
They join Alain Roux and Angela Hartnett who experienced success with The Waterside Inn and The Connaught respectively alongside Richard Vines, UK & Ireland panel chair and Bloomberg critic, to reveal their differing opinions on what a world class restaurant must feature.
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