The awards this year will also include a new category designed to honour female chefs – The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Award.
Organised by BigHospitality’s sister publication Restaurant magazine, the annual awards recognise some of the most influential restaurateurs around the globe, as voted for by an academy of over 800 gastronomy leaders.
Last year’s winner was Danish restaurant Noma, which took the top spot from long-standing winner Spain’s El Bulli, voted World’s Best Restaurant four years in a row. Prior to that, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck had been voted to the top.
The list is created from The Electrolux World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 800 international leaders in the restaurant, food and drink industries.
The Academy is split into 27 separate regions around the world, and each region has its own panel of 31 members including a chairperson.
The panel in each region is made up of food critics, writers, chefs and ‘gastronomes’, each of whom has seven votes. Members vote for seven restaurants and list them in order of their preference. At least three restaurants on their personal shortlists must be from outside of their own region.
The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2011 will be held on Monday 18 April at the Guildhall in London.
William Drew, Editor of Restaurantmagazine said “We are extremely excited about this year’s S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and awards ceremony. I’m sure the 2011 list will prove as stimulating as ever and we are honoured to be the event in every chef’s diary.”
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