Chefs and restaurateurs will gather at the Marina Bay Sands resort to find out who will take the global number one spot from Massimo Bottura’s restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which has held the position twice.
50 Best is shaking up its ranking system this year, meaning restaurants that have previously reached the top spot will no longer feature in the list.
Instead, all previous champions from the award’s 17-year history will join a new ‘Best of the Best’ category and take part in projects to ‘give back’ to the industry.
The voting academy, which is made up of 1,040 experts worldwide, will also have a 50:50 gender split for the first time.
Just seven restaurants have taken the top spot since the awards’ inception in 2002 - The Fat Duck (2005), Noma (2010-12, 2014), Osteria Francescana (2016,2018), Eleven Madison Park (2017), El Celler de Can Roca (2013, 2015), El Bulli (2002, 2006-09), and The French Laundry (2003-04).
Four UK restaurants, all of which are in London, made the top 50 list in 2018. These were The Clove Club (33), Lyles (38), The Ledbury (42) and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (45).