The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, have been revealed at an awards ceremony held at Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Spain, with South African restaurant The Test Kitchen in the number 50 spot. For the second time, Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana secured the number one spot.
Luke Dale-Roberts’s The Test Kitchen moves up 13 places from last year’s ranking of number 63 and has secured its place as The Best Restaurant in Africa. The Woodstock restaurant, with head chef Ryan Cole at the helm, is also currently enjoying the number one spot in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards Top 10 for the sixth year running.
Now in its sixteenth year, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants celebrates the very best in global gastronomy, showcasing a broad cross-section of cultures and cuisines from restaurants across five continents.
In claiming the top position on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, earns the title of The World’s Best Restaurant for the second time – the first being in 2016 – as well as The Best Restaurant in Europe. Last year’s number one, Eleven Madison Park in New York, has moved down to fourth position, but retains its title as The Best Restaurant in North America.
Other winners of the night include New York-based pastry entrepreneur Cédric Grolet, claiming the 2018 title of The World’s Best Pastry Chef; chef Gastón Acurio as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award; and Clare Smyth, who is The World’s Best Female Chef for 2018.
Read our review of The Test Kitchen and view images of the restaurant here.
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