Osteria Francescana crowned World’s Best Restaurant

Renowned chef Massimo Bottura will be celebrating for days after his restaurant Osteria Francescana was named the World’s Best Restaurant at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards last night in New York.

It’s been a journey to the top for the restaurant in Modena as they have spent the last three years moving up the ranks from third position in 2013. Last year Osteria Francescana came in second place to El Celler de Can Roca. In moving scenes from the award ceremony, held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, the Roca brothers embraced Massimo and congratulated him on his win.

Chef-owner Massimo Bottura is renowned for his twists on traditional Italian culinary ingredients – his Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano sees the region’s famed cheese served in forms and textures most diners will never have previously experienced. The chef’s ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honouring heritage while embracing modernity.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebrates the best culinary talent across 23 countries, highlighting the best gastronomic experiences around the world. The list is created by The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of almost 1,000 international food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is independently adjudicated by professional services consultancy Deloitte. This adjudication ensures that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 is protected.

This year the awards were held in New York for the first time as the group begin a global tour of destinations. Next year’s awards will be held in Melbourne, Australia.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, commented: “It has been a hugely exciting year with the launch of the global tour and our first awards event in New York. It is fantastic to have such a variety of culinary talent celebrated here tonight. As the appetite for reaching new gastronomic heights continues to grow we feel privileged to play a part in this journey of discovery and are proud to bring together this unique community of extraordinary visionaries within the industry.”

You can see the full list of winners from last night’s awards at www.theworlds50best.com. You can also find out more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Other Winners

Italy: No. 39 Le Calandre in Rubano, No. 17 Piazzo Duomo in Alba, No. 46 Combal Zero in Rivoli

Spain: No. 2 El Celler de Can Roca, No. 10 Asador Etxebarri, No. 7 Mugaritz, No. 29 Barcelona’s Tickets by Albert Adrià

USA: No. 27 Saison in San Francisco, No. 44 New York’s Estela, No. 15 Alinea in Chicago

South America: No. 13 Maido in Peru, No. 4 Central in Lima

Asia: No. 8 Narisawa in Tokyo, No. 32 Restaurant André in Singapore No. 20 Amber in Hong Kong

Scandinavia: No. 5 Noma, No. 28 Geranium, No. 38 Netherlands’ De Librije, No.41 Sweden’s Fäviken. Last year’s winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award, Copenhagen’s Relae, reclaims the title for 2016 and also climbs five places to No.40.

The Clove Club in the UK won the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by John Paul, after entering the list at No.26. Brett Graham’s The Ledbury in London also climbed six places to No.14.

France was celebrating three individual awards as renowned pâtissier Pierre Hermé won the 2016 World’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Cacao Barry. Alain Passard, who celebrates 30 years of his globally acclaimed Paris restaurant, Arpège (No.19), was honoured with the 2016 Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award. French-born chef Dominique Crenn, based in San Francisco, is recognised as The World’s Best Female Chef.

The inaugural Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award was bestowed upon Eleven Madison Park in New York in recognition of the work of its world-renowned front of house team.

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