World's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: Eleven Madison Park takes the top spot

By Stefan Chomka

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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: Eleven Madison Park takes the top spot

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Eleven Madison Park in New York has been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant, knocking Osteria Francescana off the coveted top spot.

The restaurant, which was last year ranked number three on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list,​ claimed the title at the awards ceremony, held in Melbourne, Australia this morning (11am GMT). It becomes only the eighth restaurant to win the accolade in its 16-year history and is the first time a restaurant from New York has topped the list.

Eleven Madison Park is owned by best friends chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara and is renowned for its focus on breaking down the boundaries between the kitchen and the dining room. Last year it was named the Best Restaurant in North America and also took home the Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality award.

It was a good night for New York’s fine dining scene with Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns climbing 37 places to sit just outside the top 10 at number 11. However, New York restaurant Estela, ranked number 44 last year, has fallen out of this year’s top 50.

Three London venues made the list once again - The Clove Club, The Ledbury and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, sitting in 26th, 27th and 36th positions respectively. 

New to this year’s list are Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris, which debuted at number 31, Cosme in New York, which entered at number 40, Reale in Italy (43), Brae in Australia (44), Den in Tokyo (45) and Tegui in Argentina (49). Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, meanwhile, returned to the top 50 in impressive style, re-entering the list at number 13.

Other winners announced on the night included Heston Blumenthal, who took home The Diners Club  Lifetime Achievement, Dominique Ansel, who was named Best Pastry Chef, and Virgilio Martinez, who was awarded the Chefs’ Choice award. Septime in Paris took home the Sustainable Restaurant award and Disfratur in Barcelona was named the Miele One to Watch.

Launched in 2002, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is created from the votes of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, comprising over 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The academy is split into 26 separate regions around the world. Each region has its own voting panel of 40 members including a chairperson to head it up. 

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list in full:

1          Eleven Madison Park, New York

2          Osteria Francescana, Modena

3          El Celler De Can Roca, Girona

4          Mirazur, Menton

5          Central, Lima

6          Asador Etxebarri, Axpe

7          Gaggan, Bangkok

8          Maido, Lima

9          Mugaritz, San Sebastian

10        Steirereck, Vienna

11        Blue Hill At Stone Barns, New York

12        Arpège, Paris

13        Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris

14        Restaurant André, Singapore

15        Piazza Duomo, Alba

16        D.O.M., São Paulo

17        Le Bernardin, New York

18        Narisawa, Tokyo

19        Geranium, Copenhagen

20        Pujol, Mexico City

21        Alinea, Chicago

22        Quintonil, Mexico City

23        White Rabbit, Moscow

24        Amber, Hong Kong

25        Tickets, Barcelona

26        The Clove Club, London

27        The Ledbury, London

28        Nahm, Bangkok

29        Le Calandre, Rubano

30        Arzak, San Sebastian

31        Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris

32        Attica, Melbourne

33        Astrid y Gastón, Lima

34        De Librije, Zwolle

35        Septime, Paris

36        Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London

37        Saison, San Francisco

38        Azurmendi, Larrabetzu

39        Relae, Copenhagen

40        Cosme, New York

41        Ultraviolet By Paul Pairet, Shanghai

42        Boragó, Santiago

43        Reale, Castel Di Sangro

44        Brae, Birregurra

45        Den, Tokyo

46        L’Astrance, Paris

47        Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach

48        Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin

49        Tegui, Buenos Aires

50        Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem

Related topics: Events & Awards, Restaurants, Dining trends

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